From the Superintendent



I have important funding information for you this week. The new formulas and reports tied to state foundation payments will begin changing in October as we start to implement H.B. 59 school-funding provisions. The budget bill required that state foundation payments be based on fiscal year 2013 calculations until September 29. After that, the Department may base payments on the new fiscal year 2014 formulas.

The Department will continue to make state foundation payments on our regular schedule to traditional districts, community schools, joint vocational school districts, educational service centers and county boards of developmental disabilities. But October payments for some will still reflect the calculations or formulas used in fiscal year 2013. Here’s what you need to know: 

  • October payments for traditional districts and community schools will be based on new fiscal year 2014 formulas.
  • October payments for joint vocational school districts and county boards of developmental disabilities will be based on fiscal year 2013 formulas.
  • For educational service centers, the October payments will primarily be based on the fiscal year 2013 formulas. We will continue to update the “additional service” contracts as they are submitted to the department, and we will zero out the payment for supervisory units and special education extended service contracts starting with October payments, since those payments were eliminated in H.B. 59.
  • Preschool special education October payments for traditional districts, educational service centers and county boards of developmental disabilities will be based on fiscal year 2013 formulas.

Later this week your treasurer will receive the Department’s School Finance Newsletter containing more details on October payments. If you are a superintendent, please make sure to talk with your treasurer. Also, in next week’s EdConnection we’ll share additional details on the phase-in schedule for the new payment formulas. If you have questions, contact your area coordinator.

On another note, I am looking forward to seeing Straight A Fund applications for innovative teaching and learning projects come in later this month. Remember that this Friday, Oct. 4, is the deadline for your letters of intent to apply, and it is also the deadline for scorer applications. The Department still needs qualified administrators, educators, faculty and graduate students to score Straight A Fund grant proposals, particularly for financial sustainability. Scorers will receive $100 per application completed and can review up to 25 applications over a week’s time in late October for fiscal sustainability and mid-November for programmatic scoring. Scorers must have expertise in at least one of the following areas: program or organizational innovation; school finance; and/or experience reviewing or approving grant applications. We are conducting online training in the late afternoon, to accommodate teachers who may want to be scorers. Click here to learn more and apply for consideration.

Finally, I’ve started sharing my thoughts about education in our state on Twitter. If you are interested, follow me at @SuptRichardRoss. I will continue to give you essential information through EdConnection and other traditional channels. 

Thank you for all you do for the boys and girls of Ohio.  


Dr. Richard A. Ross

State Superintendent of Public Instruction