Auditor of State Dave Yost today released the Mansfield City School District from fiscal emergency, a status it held for three years.
The district was placed in fiscal emergency on Dec. 17, 2013 as a result of its failure to adopt and submit a recovery plan that would eliminate a projected fiscal year 2014 deficit. “It takes strong leadership to erase a substantial deficit,” Auditor Yost said. “The district’s leaders had to make some tough choices, but they can take satisfaction in knowing their finances are finally sound.”
To eliminate a $3.7 million deficit, the district reduced staffing by 148 employees for annual savings of approximately $4.7 million. The district, which educates 3,360 students, achieved additional savings by closing Newman Elementary and ending its sponsorship of three conversion community schools. In fiscal year 2015, the district realized additional revenue from a five-year $4 million annual emergency levy, which passed on Nov. 5, 2013.
Additionally, the district had to satisfy the following requirements to be terminated from fiscal emergency:
Yost marked the release with a Tuesday visit to Mansfield, and with the following tweet:
Congratulations to Mansfield City Schools – I just released them from fiscal emergency & state supervision. Balanced budgets are beautiful!
— Dave Yost (@Yost4Ohio) December 20, 2016
A full copy of this fiscal emergency termination is available at this location.