Last Updated on Thursday, 13 August 2015 15:47
Published on Monday, 03 August 2015 11:36
Written by Mr. Grills
Dear Parents, Students and Residents of Pleasant,
The position of school board member is an integral part of a school district’s educational system. Locally elected school board members are a vital link between the community they serve and the school district which they govern. The two primary responsibilities of a school board are to set educational goals and values for the district and to establish policies for governing the district.
Over the last four years, with the help of my board colleagues, we have been able to lead and guide the Pleasant Local School District through some very difficult times. At present, the Pleasant School Board focus is to continue providing the best possible educational programs and academic values to our students, parents, and community; and, improving our school finances.
Let me start with an overview of our financial situation. During my first three years as a board member, the Pleasant District was operating in the red. Simply put, our expenses were slightly more than the revenue we were generating. This was due to devastating cuts in state and federal aid to our school district, interest losses and reduction in tangible personal property taxes collectively totaling nearly $4.2 million dollars.
During these financially difficult times a conscious effort was made by the board and superintendent to avoid cutting any academic programs and to maintain student fees at minimal levels. Our goal was to continue offering our students quality education programs and to increase student participation in all extracurricular activities. Every effort was made by the Pleasant Board of Education to avoid asking taxpayers for additional tax dollars.
I am very pleased to inform our public that for this fiscal year (2015-2016) our district will finally be operating in the black. Revenue is expected to exceed expenses. There are two basic reasons for our turn around; (1) you the Pleasant voters recently approved the district’s emergency renewal levy for which we are grateful; and (2), prudent financial planning.
In the past 12 months Pleasant’s financial forecast has improved by nearly $1.4 million dollars. The $1.4 million dollars breaks down as follows:
- $495,000.00 in renewal levy revenue
- $220,000.00 in savings from our new health insurance consortium
- $305,000.00 increase in funding from open enrolled students (NOTE—We always have room for additional students for the up coming school year as well.
- $228,000.00 in increased revenue by charging our two community schools; the Pleasant Education Academy (P.E.A.) and the Pleasant Community Academy (P.C.A.) rent for the use of our facilities.
- Approximately $175,000.00 in savings for the 2013-2014 school year due to teacher retirements.
The Pleasant District has also made substantial improvements to its campus security in order to provide students and staff with a safe and secure learning environment. Numerous upgrades to our campus video surveillance cameras as well as advances in our emergency communications systems have been installed.
One of the most exciting new things happening at Pleasant this coming school year is the hiring of Jeffrey Williams as our School Resource Officer (S.R.O.). A resource officer adds environmental stability in many ways. Jeff will be responsible for providing safety and security to everyone on campus. The Pleasant Board did a great deal of research prior to making this hire. Credit and thanks to staff member, Michael Styer, who conducted extensive research on the importance of a School Resource Officer. Mike’s research included visiting other schools districts that have S.R.O.'s in place.
Pleasant is a great school district that is rich in tradition. We have high academic standards and offer a diverse curriculum; a district that our community can certainly be proud of both academically and financially. We have winning athletic programs and outstanding musical programs. A great number of people work very hard to make all of that happen. I would like to thank all of the people who work tirelessly to achieve success. We always have room for improvement, but I believe we are on the right path. Every school needs community support and we are grateful for your continued support of the Pleasant Local School District.
In closing, I would like to thank everyone for their support of the Pleasant Local Schools. Our schools are now in a better position financially then they have been in a very long time. My board colleagues and I, along with our superintendent, will continue to do everything possible to maintain our district’s positive financial outlook.
Hope you're having a safe and fun summer!
Pleasant School Board President
Last Updated on Thursday, 02 July 2015 08:03
Published on Thursday, 02 July 2015 00:00
Written by Pleasant Administration
Our school district has made arrangements with Griffin Insurance to provide student accident and health insurance for those wishing to purchase coverage this year. Please note the coverage shown on the application. Covered losses less than $250 are paid without regard to other insurance. Please note the option to purchase 24 hour accident and sickness coverage is available to be purchased within 75 days of the school year or moving into the district of loss of other coverage.
Senior High football coverage requires an additional premium. All other school supervised sports are covered under the plan. On claims over $250 this is an excess coverage policy for which benefits are payable only for that part of the loss not covered by other collectible insurance. If a person has no other insurance, the Company will pay the covered medical expenses incurred within one year, up to the specified limits of the policy.
Please note that the student applications will be available on our website. Complete the application and check the boxes for coverage desired. Sign where life insurance is shown, if desired. Tear off and keep the rest of the application, as it shows not only the coverage but the exclusions and limitations of the policy.
Mail the applications directly to Griffin Insurance, 300 Coshocton Avenue, Mount Vernon, OH 43050 along with a money order of check payable to Griffin Insurance. The school will be notified as to who takes out coverage. You can call Griffin Insurance at 1-800-278-2544 for more information.
In case of an accident or sickness, the student or parent should immediately go to the building principal who will sign and provide the claim form if only school time coverage is taken out. 24 hour coverage needs no signature. The policy number shall be provided by the school for the claim or you can call 1-800-278-2544. You may give that policy number to the doctor or hospital but the bills should be sent to the parent or guardian who attach them to the claim form. Once completed, mail to the claims office at Guarantee Trust Life Insurance, PO Box 1148, Glenview, IL 60025. If you have any further questions regarding a claim, please call 1-800-622-1993. It is the responsibility of the parent or guardian to file the claim.
Last Updated on Friday, 23 January 2015 10:11
Published on Monday, 18 March 2013 08:38
Written by Pleasant Administration
The open enrollment period for new students who wish to attend Pleasant Local Schools through open enrollment for the 2015-2016 school year will begin Monday, April 6, 2015 at 8:00 a.m. You must apply in person at the board of education office located on the second floor of the Middle School, Room 200, 1107 Owens Road West, Marion, Ohio. Open enrollment is on a first come first serve basis. If you have any questions, please contact us at 740-389-4479.
PLEASE NOTE OPEN ENROLLMENT IS AVAILABLE ANY TIME DURING THE SCHOOL YEAR SUBJECT TO SUPERINTENDENT APPROVAL.