Community Schools Sponsor Update

Community Schools Sponsor Update

Community Schools Sponsor Updates

Community Schools Sponsor Updates
2/11/2020

Office of Community Schools February Update

Greetings Sponsors and Community School Staff,
 
With the second half of the school year well underway, the Office of Community Schools wants to share some reminders:
 

  • 2020-2021 Sponsor Evaluation Tools posted for feedback: The 2020-2021 Sponsor Evaluation draft tools are posted and available for public comment. The Ohio Department of Education is collecting feedback through surveys that will remain open until 4:59 p.m. on March 3. 
  • Community schools requesting to change sponsors: Schools requesting approval from the Department for a change in sponsor due to low performance, as prescribed by Ohio Revised Code 3314.034, should have the school administration and governing authority access and follow the technical assistance documents here. Please note, the submission date was updated to Feb. 15, and we have clarified how academics will be reviewed for e-schools (specifically identifying the 10 districts that will be used for comparison). 

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1/6/2020

Office of Community School - January Update

Greetings Sponsors and Community Schools Staff, 

The Department recently released our Annual Report on Ohio Community Schools.  We continue to see positive growth in the Community Schools sector, both from our sponsors and our schools. As we move into 2020, it is important that we build on the positive momentum we have gained and continue to provide quality educational choices for students in Ohio. Below are some announcements and reminders about upcoming events.
 

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11/14/2019

Office of Community Schools - Mid-Nov. Update - HB 166 TA and Reminders

Greetings Community Schools and Sponsors, 

House Bill 166 (the most recent budget bill) included changes that impact community schools and sponsors. The Ohio Department of Education already has provided information on some of the more impactful changes (such as changes to Ohio Revised Code 3314.35 and 3314.351).The Department has created a HB 166 Technical Assistance and Frequently Asked Questions resource for community schools and sponsors. We encourage you to review the document. If you have additional questions, send them to Community.Schools@education.ohio.gov.   

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10/30/2019

Office of Community School - November Updates and Reminders

Dear Sponsors, 

As the calendar approaches November, I want to share a few reminders and updates from the Office of Community Schools. 

  • Community School Annual Budget: Ohio Revised Code 3314.032 (C) requires each community school governing authority to adopt an annual budget no later than Oct. 31 each year. The budget must align with the current year shown in the school’s five-year forecast, and the required template is available under the section titled Schools on the Community Schools webpage. The school’s sponsor must upload in Epicenter the adopted community school annual budget. Also, the resolution approving the annual budget must be submitted in Epicenter no later than Dec. 31

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10/16/2019

Quality Community School Support Fund Information Available

Greetings Community Schools and Sponsors,
 
House Bill 166 (the FY20-FY21 state budget bill) established a quality community schools support grant to provide additional funding to community schools designated as a Community School of Quality. Qualified community schools under the program are eligible to receive up to $1,750 in each fiscal year for each pupil identified as economically disadvantaged and $1,000 in each fiscal year for all others. 

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