Middle school students Anna Falkenberg (far left), Gianna Agresta, A.J. McIntosh, Olivia Muzzio, Sidney Bakar, Shauna Doran, Madelyn Foerster, Marin Carlson, Abby Evans and Lillian Matsko work together to create decorative ladder rungs. The rungs were amongst the projects that the students in Jessica Henn’s art class produced on Sept. 21 for the United Nations sanctioned International Day of Peace.

Board approves five-year forecast

At the Sept. 20 board meeting, the Kenston Board of Education approved the five-year forecast and related assumptions for the General Fund, which is both a short-term and long-term projection of the district’s finances. Treasurer Paul J. Pestello annually submits the forecast and assumptions to the Ohio Department of Education by Nov. 30 and May 31. A revised five-year forecast may be submitted anytime during the year if, and when, substantial changes occur that affect the projections. The five-year forecast is a “snapshot” in time and is only as accurate as the information available when it was prepared. Utilizing historical trends and realistic assumptions, the five-year forecast is prepared using conservative estimates of revenue and liberal estimates of expenditures.

A primary focus of the forecast is that it is a planning tool for the district’s Board of Education and administration to use to identify and to prepare for future funding issues of the district in support of its mission and vision. The forecast also is a key tool in meeting the district’s priority in respecting the investment of taxpayers by providing responsible management of resources as we continue our commitment to student success, while serving as a basis for determining the treasurer’s ability to certify that funds are available when entering into contracts and to provide a method for the Ohio Department of Education and the Auditor of State to identify districts headed toward financial difficulties.

The financial forecast was prepared using slightly less conservative estimates of revenue and slightly less liberal estimates of expenditures than past years in an effort to present a more realistic representation of the district’s long-range financial outlook. With labor contracts expiring in fiscal year 2022, this five year forecast does not include cost of living adjustments (COLA) for staff beyond fiscal year 2022. The five-year forecast projects an ending cash balance of $8 million on June 30, 2022 (the fiscal year 2022), $4.7 million on June 30, 2023, and $706,000 on June 30, 2024.

Please contact district Treasurer Paul J. Pestello with any questions. Past forecasts and assumptions are posted on the district’s Finance page at

Excellence in financial reporting

Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) awarded the Certificate of Achievement to the Kenston Local School District for Excellence in Financial Reporting for its comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR) for the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2020. An impartial panel has judged the CAFR to meet the high standards of the program, which includes demonstrating a constructive “spirit of full disclosure” to communicate its financial story.

The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in governmental accounting and financial reporting.

Rotary senior

Dominic Alandt was named September’s rotary student of the month due to his motivation and hard work. He will receive an AP Capstone Diploma that concluded with his research paper on profitability within the beef cattle industry. He has been recognized as an AP Scholar with Distinction for scoring a three or above on multiple AP exams. In addition, he has been honored with three departmental awards from the Business and English departments.

As a student leader, Anthony is currently the president of Kenston’s chapter of the National Honor Society, Principal’s Leadership Council, and class secretary for the past two years. Also, as a member of the Political Action Committee of Kenston (PACK), he has broadened his political literacy and participated in several candidate nights.

Anthony is committed to his community. He will receive a Community Service Cord at graduation for having accumulated over 300 recorded service hours. He spearheaded the Student of the Year campaign for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society during his junior year, raising over $13,000 for new research, treatment and patient care. In addition, he served as a member of the Lead Crew for Bomber Bash, raising money for “A Kid Again,” a local organization that provides adventures for chronically ill children.

Anthony spends much of his time volunteering as a Cadet at the Auburn Fire Department outside of school. While learning about fire and emergency management services, he has responded to emergencies like medical calls and traffic accidents.

Although he remains undecided about his college decision, he plans to attend a 4-year university and major in Health Sciences on a Pre-Physician Assistant (PA) track and minor in finance.

Making the connection

Kenston Middle School students recognized the International Day of Peace with an art project that took everyone to complete. Students worked to create the rungs of a ladder that will be put together to reach over six feet in height. The Unity Ladder is a visual representation of our middle school students working together for peace.

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