New Albany-Plain Local Schools is primarily funded through the local support of its taxpayers. At this time, 85.7% of our General Operating Fund is received from local revenue sources, with the remaining 14.3% received from the State.
Of our local revenue sources, the bulk of our funding comes from residential property tax, comprising 82.59% of the local revenue total. The remainder comes from commercial real estate and public utilities taxes.
Why are New Albany-Plain Local School District residents responsible for such a large share of the district's funding?
The average school district in Ohio receives approximately 44% of their funding from the state of Ohio; however, our district only receives approximately 15% of its funding from the state. In fact, the $582 per pupil that we receive from the state is less than what even private schools are guaranteed - $1089 per student. Overall, New Albany-Plain Local Schools receives less than a third of the state support than we should receive according to Ohio's own funding formula.
This occurs because the New Albany community is considered high-wealth and, therefore, its schools do not receive the same level of outside assistance as less wealthy areas. Additionally, the district has experienced explosive growth over the past fifteen years - growing from 1,693 students in 1999 to 4,814 students this school year. Despite this 284% increase in our student population, our revenue from the state has only increased by 36%. That places the burden of educating our students firmly on the shoulder of local taxpayers.
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