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Facts, Questions & Answers (FQA's)

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**New Updates come out every Wednesday

Question 1: How did the Talawanda School District become fiscally distressed?


 Question 2: What is our history of levies, both operating and bonds, as many school districts are asking their constituents for additional funding every 5 years or so?


 Question 3 & 4: What about the Performance Audit completed by the Auditor of State?  And...Why are we paying $13,519.14 (CUPP 2021 Data)  per student, which is more than some districts?


Question 5: What else is being done to address the fiscal crisis?


Question 6: Isn’t all the money Talawanda receives the same and can be used for anything?

Question 7: Doesn’t TSD receive federal funding and shouldn’t that help?


Question 8:  What has Talawanda done so far?


Question 9:  Why is TSD building a new bus/garage facility during a fiscal crisis?

Question 10:  What is going on with the Nelson Morrow building (PDC) behind SDS?

Question 11:  What is TSD doing with the middle school building?


Question 12: Why doesn’t the Board of Education make decisions outside of the Board meetings?

Question 13:  How is the Talawanda School District being transparent with the decisions being made?

Question 14: There are a lot of stories and rumors and community members may not know what to believe or where to go to find accurate information.  How can community members ensure they receive accurate information?

Question 15:  Are there any forums that I may attend?



Questions Coming in from Community Members:

Question 1:  Who should I contact at the district if I have questions?

Please Contact:   Shaunna Tafelski, Treasurer/CFO, Ed Theroux, Superintendent/CEO , OR you may email .

*TSD is not able to monitor social media 24 hours per day (Facebook, Twitter, TikTok,etc).  Please contact school officials via phone or email for the best response time.

Question 2: Why doesn’t a mental health agency, like St. Joseph’s Orphanage, provide the majority of our mental health services so we can reduce the number of counselors, psychologists, nurses, social workers, and other mental health workers to help reduce our overall budget?

Question 3: Does FFA or FCLA or other extra curricular clubs and activities really cost the district money?

Question 4: Talawanda provides foreign language classes at the middle school and high school so why is there a cost to foreign language club?  Aren’t the teachers paid already?

Question 5: Why are we paying for a parent mentor?


Question 6: Questions/Answers & Addressing Misinformation Regarding the Bus/Maintenance Garage Project:


Question 7: How are schools funded in Ohio?

Question 8: What are the types of school levies and how do those funding sources work?


Question 9: The student to teacher ratio is 19:1. Is that a district average and how is this number determined?


Question 10: How much does it cost for the Talawanda School District to pay for athletic and band programs per student at THS and TMS?

Question 11: How did you calculate the costs for the athletic programs?

Question 12:  Why is this an estimated per student athlete cost?

Question 13: Doesn’t the Boosters or other businesses/families/community entities support the extra curricular activities?


Question 14: Did the Administrators average salary go up 10.3% from Fiscal Year ‘20 to Fiscal Year ‘21 ?

Question 15: What are the Administrator pay raises for this school year (2022-23 SY) and next school year (2023-24 SY)?

Question 16: Are administrators paid more than other administrators in our area and state?