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Financial Recovery Plan

AWLS Financial Recovery Plan

The Ohio Department of Education and Workforce Development required the District to develop a financial plan to eliminate the negative cash balance in fiscal year 2025 (FY-25) and fiscal year 2026 (FY-26).

The AWLS Board of Education initially approved the plan on January 29, 2024. This plan was updated April 30, 2024 following the May 2024 update to the Five Year Forecast.

The AWLS Board of Education and District Administration will continue to monitor the financial health of the District and will communicate any further updates to stakeholders as they become available. If you would like to receive informational updates from AWLS, please click here to register your email.

Financial Recovery Plan

Updated April 2024

The Anthony Wayne Local Schools Board of Education held a work session on Tuesday, April 30, 2024 to review the May update to the Five-Year Forecast and to discuss the components of the AWLS Financial Recovery Plan (originally approved in late January 2024). 

Below you will find a summary of the AWLS Financial Recovery Plan as it was approved by the AWLS Board in January, along with some changes to this plan that were made following the work session.

January 2024: Financial Recovery Plan Developed
The Ohio Department of Education and Workforce required the District to submit a Financial Recovery Plan to demonstrate how it would overcome the negative cash balance projected for FY25 and FY26. This plan, approved in late January, outlined expenditure reductions and opportunities to increase revenue.

Minimizing the impact of expenditure reductions on the classroom experience for students was the main priority in the decision making process for the details of the financial plan.

April 2024: Five-Year Forecast Update & Financial Recovery Plan Work Session
Since the approval of the financial plan in January, there have been new retirements and resignations, resulting in potential cost savings for the District.

In order to be responsive to these financial changes and remain committed to the District’s goal to lessen the impact on students, the Board agreed to utilize attrition for these positions and make adjustments to the Financial Recovery Plan as a result.

Updated AWLS Financial Recovery Plan
During the work session, the AWLS Board agreed to the following changes to the AWLS Financial Recovery Plan as indicated below (in blue) for the 2024-25 school year (FY25) only:

2024-25 School Year (FY25)
Approximate Savings
January 2024: Material and supply account reductions.
January 2024: Purchased services account reductions.
January 2024: In FY25, the District plans to utilize attrition as needed and when appropriate. In addition, as individual employees are replaced, there are potential expenditure savings.
Added April 2024: The District will utilize additional unanticipated personnel attrition that has occurred since January 2024* and make adjustments to preschool services to reduce expenditures.
(A HS assistant principal, intervention specialist and maintenance specialist position will not be filled.)
January 2024: A reduction of one administrative position.
(Director of Technology)
January 2024: A decrease in custodial services to school buildings and the reduction of a media center aide position. 
January 2024: Implementation of a pay-to-participate program for grades 7-12 athletic programs to help fund coaching salaries.
January 2024: Leave specific extracurricular supplemental positions unfilled.
  • Football Assistant
  • Wrestling Assistant
  • Track Assistant
  • Baseball Assistant
  • Softball Assistant
  • Soccer Assistant (B)
  • Soccer Assistant (G)
  • Volleyball Assistant
  • Weight Room Fitness Coach (HS)
  • Weight Room Fitness Coach (JH)
  • Assistant Athletic Director (HS) Extra Days
  • HIgh School German Club
  • Tech Facilitators (6@$2079)
Removed April 2024:
  • Assistant Athletic Director (HS)
  • Only one HS play/musical
Added April 2024:
  • Basketball Assistant (B)
  • Basketball Assistant (G)
Added April 2024: The District will allow for donations to the operational fund to pay for these supplemental positions.
Daily Rate

Removed April 2024: Decrease transportation services within approximately one mile of the school of attendance and all extracurricular transportation. 
Total Approximate Savings (FY25)
In addition, the AWLS Board agreed the District should be on the ballot in November 2024 as a way to increase operational revenue, and will discuss a new operational levy at upcoming board meetings.

AWLS Financial Recovery Plan for 2025-26
The Tuesday, April 30 work session did not result in changes to the expenditure reductions approved for the 2025-26 school year (FY26). They will remain as approved in January 2024.

2025-26 School Year (FY26)
Approximate Savings
Expenditure reductions from FY2025 will continue
Further reduction to material and supply accounts
Further reductions to purchased services account
Additional administrative position reductions
Decrease security services at FTMS
(To be covered by the current SROs from AWHS and AWJH.)
Eliminate field trips
Eliminate transportation services within an approximate 2-mile radius of the school of attendance and all extracurricular transportation.
Total Approximate Savings (FY26)

Continuing Financial Conversation
Many difficult decisions have been made regarding budget reductions, and those decisions will be revisited and examined extensively as new financial information becomes available. Thank you for your continued support and patience as the Board and administrators continue to monitor the District’s financial situation and make decisions centered on providing the best possible education for our community’s children.

About the AWLS Plan for Balancing the Budget

The Board of Education and AWLS Administration worked together to develop this Financial Recovery Plan, which includes ways for the District to increase revenue and cut operating expenses. The details of this plan are shared here to provide stakeholders with a transparent look at the District's current financial situation and the reasons for asking voters for additional operational funding in the fall of 2023 and spring of 2024.

Empowering Students to be Future Ready
The Board of Education and District Administration developed this plan with the District mission, vision, core beliefs and goals at the forefront of the decision making, with a priority of minimizing impact on student classroom experiences. 

Remaining Responsive to Our Community

The AW Community expects:

  • that students can demonstrate the Portrait of a General competencies and be well prepared for their future plans upon graduation

  • our schools to be among the best in the state

  • the District will utilize conservative fiscal practices in providing services to students, parents and the community.

Information gathered from the Financial Planning Survey distributed to stakeholders last fall helped the Board and Administrators develop this Financial Recovery Plan. Thank you for your feedback.

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