HUBBARD, Ohio (WKBN) – Another Valley school district’s open enrollment program is the subject of a state audit.
Earlier this month, the State Auditor’s Office said Austintown was losing a lot of money because of open enrollment.
Auditor Dave Yost says the Hubbard Exempted Village School District’s open enrollment program is successful, however, with a $1 million net gain. The audit credits careful management of Hubbard’s open enrollment program and even called it a model for other districts.
“Policies are only effective if they’re followed,” Auditor Yost said. “The district has a good game plan in place and sticks to it, and its efforts have paid off with a $1 million boost. Hubbard Schools’ open enrollment practices serve as a model for school districts considering this enrollment option.”
According to the policy, the district determines the amount open enrollment openings based on the “optimum size for a particular program, classroom/school building, or grade level which is the number of students that can be accommodated without increasing the District expenditures for staff or equipment.”
The audit did identify more than $1.1 million in potential savings elsewhere.
Among the savings noted in the report, auditors recommended the district consider eliminating General Fund subsidies to extracurricular activities to save approximately $518,000 per year. Implementing a step freeze in certificated salary schedules could save the district another $132,400 in fiscal year 2018 and $62,500 in 2019, for a total of $194,900.
A full copy of the performance audit is available online.