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School Districts in Ohio’s 24th Senate District Meeting for a
Roundtable Discussion on Preserving Funding in Next State Budget

Dan Langshaw
Board Member
North Royalton Board of Education

January 5, 2011 . . . School districts in Ohio’s 24th Senate District will be meeting for an Educational Roundtable Discussion on the topic of Preserving our Funding in the Next State Budget on Wednesday, January 12, 2011 at 7pm at the North Olmsted School District’s Administrative Building, 27425 Butternut Ridge Rd., North Olmsted, Ohio 44070.

The roundtable discussion is the brain child of North Olmsted School Board Member Terry Groden and North Royalton School Board Member Dan Langshaw, who have teamed up to organize the event. With so much at stake in the next biennium state budget for school districts, the two school board members looked beyond city boundaries in hopes to work together towards finding common solutions with the growing budget concerns for education funding in the state. “It’s a situation where we hope to have strength in numbers and have the state listen to our concerns about education,” said Groden in a recent interview with the West Life newspaper.

School Board Members, Superintendents, Treasurers and key stakeholders from more than 16 school districts from: Bay Village, Berea, Bedford, Brecksville-Broadview Heights, Chagrin Falls, Cuyahoga Heights, Mayfield, North Olmsted, North Royalton, Olmsted Falls, Orange, Rocky River, Solon, Strongsville, Westlake, and Cuyahoga County Educational Service Center will ask questions of a diverse panel of experts in school funding, state budget, education, and legislative affairs. “So much is on the line this year with the state budget,” said Langshaw. “Incoming State Senate President Tom Niehaus has indicated to districts like mine that we are facing a proposed 15 percent to 20 percent cuts. This budget is going to be a fight and it is a positive sign when this many school districts can come together and learn what we can do as elected officials and key education stakeholders.”

The format for the roundtable will include a question and answer session with the expert panel featuring prepared questions from participating school districts and impromptu questions from members of the audience towards the end of the program.
The expert panel will feature: Zach Schiller from Policy Matters Ohio, Executive Director John Begala from the Center for Community Solutions, Michelle Francis from the Ohio School Boards Association, Director of Governmental Development Tom Ash from the Buckeye Association of School Administrators, Executive Director Anthony Podojil from The Alliance for High Quality Education, Treasurer Tim Pickana from the Solon City School District, and State Senator Tom Patton for the 24th Ohio Senate District.

Newly elected State Representative Nan Baker (16th District), Marlene Anielski (17th District), and Mike Dovilla (18th District) and their staff have also been invited to attend. The roundtable is open to the public and members of the media. For more information please contact roundtable organizer Dan Langshaw at 440-596-0078.