Tuesday, February 24, 2015

What We Learned About Our Community

Dr. Keith Kline, Superintendent of West Clermont Local Schools, spoke today. He reports that their district is beginning 2015 with a stable and positive budget. They have 2 major funds: The General Fund (operating $) and The Permanent Improvement Fund (Capital $). They recently created a 10 year facilities plan including a full assessment by the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission.

Recently, they entered an agreement with Union Township to sell the Glen Este property for $1 in exchange for a minimum of $65 million in TIF (Tax Incentive Financing) funds over the next 30 years.  There will be about a 2400 student high school, which will put them in the top 10 biggest in Ohio. An architect will be appointed at the end of March.

Some benefits include:
  • No additional cost to taxpayers.
  • All students, regardless of where they live, will have access to the same high quality education and opportunities.
  • Modern Science Labs
  • Great Technology
  • Academic Opportunities
  • Increased Safety
  • Better Class Sizes
  • Competitive Facilities
  • No jobs lost
  • Help with Design
  • More opportunities for kids
  • Job embedded coursework
  • Better prepared for college or careers

Phase 1 will also include the merger of Amelia and Glen Este Middle Schools into a single West Clermont Middle School. This will be at the current Amelia Campus. This phase should be completed by the 2017-18 school year. In the end, there should be $35-40 million in credits with the state in order to build 2 new elementary schools. They plan to make facilities available to the public.

There are many ways to get involved in the planning. Find out more at www.westcler.org.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

What We Learned About Our Community

Our speaker today was John Sutton from 1 Better Pierce Point 10 Cinema Advertising. John mentioned that their average age of their moviegoers is 31.3 because they are the most likely to have disposable income. He shared that while many theaters advertise national businesses, John works to bring local business advertisement to their movie screens. They offer advertising on 10 screens, with digital animation and motion with video and audio. 1 Better offers experienced designers who put your ad together, offering :15 and :30 second spots. Ads can be created from logos, pictures or from scratch using live video. 

There are 936 showings (32/day) reaching nearly 400-600 people per day. The return on investment with this type of advertising is around 63% and they only run about 12-14 businesses at one time. The average cost is about $10 per day, which includes the video, design and formatting. Commitments range from 3 months to 1 year.  It takes about 30-45 days to produce digital ads with no video. They don't increase rates during busy seasons and even reserve 1 or 2 :15 second spots for non-profits and help pair them up with sponsors. For more information contact John Sutton at jsuttonmovieads@msn.com

Next week we will hear from Dr. Keith Kline who will tell us about the merger of Glen Este and Amelia High Schools.