School finance is a complicated subject. As board members, it is important to know the basics. Learn from the experts about state and local funding, levies and five-year forecasts. Become your district's expert and find out how to access data and what questions to ask.

This workshop is Stop 2 in the 2018 New Board Member Passport. The passport includes six workshops that expose you to topics that are important to new board members to learn in their first year. Visit to learn more.


8:45 a.m.
Registration and continental breakfast
9 a.m.
Ohio school-funding formula – what school board members should know
Aaron Rausch, director, Office of Budget and School Funding, Ohio Department of Education (ODE)
10:30 a.m.
10:40 a.m.
Property tax and school-funding formula implications in the next biennium
Dr. Howard Fleeter, consultant, Ohio Education Policy Institute (OEPI)
12:15 p.m.
Lunch (provided)
1 p.m.
Understanding five-year forecasts
Matt Bunting, consultant, Public Finance Resources (PFR)
1:55 p.m.
2:05 p.m.
Levies, levies, levies and local funding
Mike Sobul, consultant, PFR
3 p.m.
Wrap-up and adjourn