OHIO VALLEY — Schools throughout the state of Ohio will see an extra boost in funds later this month, as each district will receive its first payment from the Ohio Casino Revenue Tax.
Thirty-four percent of the money from the casino revenue tax collection is allocated to the “Student Fund” which is designated for schools.
Money is distributed based on the number of enrolled students in the school or district in the state.
As with the money that is distributed to the counties, money received by the schools is not designated for a specific purpose and can be spent at the discretion of the district.
The total amount distributed to schools in Gallia County will be $106,658.04. Gallia County has 5,085 students according to the report available from the Ohio Department of Taxation.
Meigs County schools are to receive $76,450.09 in payments on Jan. 31. Meigs County has 3,645 students.
Gallipolis City Schools, which has an enrollment of 2,194 students will receive the largest payment at $46,019.21.
Gallia County Local School District will receive a payment of $44,509.40 for its enrollment of 2,122 students., which includes four students from Meigs County.
Meigs Local School District is to receive $37,254.46, including $272.68 for 13 students who reside in Gallia County. Meigs Local has a total enrollment of 1,768.
Eastern Local School District will receive $16,984.23, while Southern Local will receive a payment of $15,256.30. Eastern has an enrollment of 806, and Southern has an enrollment of 724.
The average payment per student is $20.98.
Payments are not only made to the five school districts physically based in Gallia and Meigs counties, but also to programs such as Ohio Connections Academy and Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow which serve students in the counties.
Other schools receiving payments for Meigs County students were as follows: Alexander Local School District, $4,741.25 (225 students); Ohio Virtual Academy Inc., $842.89 (40 students); Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow, $821.82 (39 students); Ohio Connections Academy Inc., $252.87 (12 students); Vinton County Local School District, $105.36 (five students); Tri-County Career Center, $63.22 (three students); Buckeye On-line School for Success, $42.14 (2).
In Gallia County other schools receiving payments were as follows: Gallia, Jackson, Vinton Joint Vocational, $8,431.96 (402 students); Fairland Local Schools, $3,272.10 (156 students); Oak Hill Union Local, $1,069.73 (51 students); Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow, $671.20 (32 students); Ohio Virtual Academy Inc., $650.23 (31 students); Symmes Valley Local School District, $545.35 (26 students); Lawrence County Joint Vocational, $377.55 (18 students); Treca Digital Academy, $293.65 (14 students); Virtual Community School, $293.65 (14 students); Ohio Connections Academy Inc., $188.78 (nine students); Ohio Distance Education, $62.93 (three students); Buckeye On-line School for Success, $62.93 (three students); Southern Ohio Academy, $20.98 (one student).
The school districts will receive semi-annual payments, which according to the Ohio Department of Taxation, will take place on Jan. 31 and July 31.
** Enrollment figures for all schools are based on a report available from the Ohio Department of Taxation.