OHIO VALLEY — Schools throughout the state of Ohio received an extra boost in funds late last month, as each district received its semi-annual 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 was 130,971.65. Gallia County has 5,194 students according to the report available from the Ohio Department of Taxation.
Meigs County schools received $91,318.69 in payments on Aug. 31. Meigs County has 3,621 students.
Gallia County Local School District will receive the largest payment in the area at $58,209.34 for its enrollment of 2,308 students., which includes one student from Meigs County, two students from Jackson County, one student from Vinton County, and 14 students from Lawrence County.
Gallipolis City Schools, which has an enrollment of 2,171 students will receive the largest payment at $54,754.59.
Meigs Local School District is to receive $44,241.38, including $327.87 for 13 students who reside in Gallia County. Meigs Local has a total enrollment of 1,748.
Eastern Local School District will receive $20,374.86, while Southern Local will receive a payment of $18,046.30. Eastern has an enrollment of 805, and Southern has an enrollment of 713.
The average payment per student is $25.22.
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, $5,391.11 (213 students); Ohio Virtual Academy Inc., $860.55 (34 students); Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow, $1,189.59 (47 students); Ohio Connections Academy Inc., $480.90 (19 students); Federal Hocking Local School, $354.35 (14 students); Vinton County Local School District, $151.86 (six students); Tri-County Career Center, $75.93 (three students); Buckeye On-line School for Success, $50.62 (two students); Treca Digital Academy, $50.62 (two students); Gallia Jackson Vinton Joint Vocational, $25.31 (one student).
In Gallia County other schools receiving payments were as follows: Gallia, Jackson, Vinton Joint Vocational, $9,029.08 (358 students); Fairland Local Schools, $3,430.04 (136 students); Oak Hill Union Local, $1,109.72 (44 students); Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow, $807.07 (32 students); Ohio Virtual Academy Inc., $781.85 (31 students); Virtual Community School, $756.63 (30 students); Symmes Valley Local School District, $655.74 (26 students); Lawrence County Joint Vocational, $428.76 (17 students); Treca Digital Academy, $277.43 (11 students); Ohio Connections Academy Inc., $226.99 (nine students); Ohio Distance Education, $75.66 (three students); Buckeye On-line School for Success, $75.66 (three students); Southern Ohio Academy, $25.22 (one student).
The school districts receive semi-annual payments, which according to the Ohio Department of Taxation, will take place on Jan. 31 and Aug. 31.
** Enrollment figures for all schools are based on a report available from the Ohio Department of Taxation.