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OHIO VALLEY — Schools throughout the state of Ohio will receive an extra boost in funds later this month, as each district receives 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 $135,357.42. Gallia County has 5,143 students according to the report available from the Ohio Department of Taxation.


Meigs County schools received $94,326.46 in payments on Jan. 31. Meigs County has 3,584 students.


Gallia County Local School District will receive the largest payment in the area at $58,278.16 for its enrollment of 2,207 students. That is an increase of $68.82, despite a decrease of 101 students in the district.


Gallipolis City Schools, which has an enrollment of 2,155 students, will receive a payment of $56,905.05. Despite a decrease of 16 students, Gallipolis City Schools will receive $2,150.46 more than in Aug. 2013.


Meigs Local School District is to receive $46,684.85, including $290.47 for 11 students who reside in Gallia County. Meigs Local also has one student from Vinton County. Meigs Local has a total enrollment of 1,761, up 13 students from the Aug. 2013 figures.


Eastern Local School District will receive $20,254.48,for an enrollment on 764 students. Eastern received approximately $120 less than the last payment, with a decrease of 41 students.


Southern Local will receive a payment of $18,716.83. Southern has an enrollment of 706, up 7 from Aug. 2013.


The average payment per student is $26.40 to $26.51.


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, $5,646.86 (213 students); Ohio Virtual Academy Inc., $821.84 (31 students); Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow, $954.40 (36 students); Ohio Connections Academy Inc., $556.73 (21 students); Federal Hocking Local School, $450.69 (17 students); Vinton County Local School District, $132.56 (five students); Tri-County Joint Vocational, $265.11 (10 students); Buckeye On-line School for Success, $53.02 (two students); Treca Digital Academy, $79.53 (three students); Gallia Jackson Vinton Joint Vocational, $26.51 (one student).


In Gallia County other schools receiving payments were as follows: Gallia, Jackson, Vinton Joint Vocational, $10.139.93 (384 students); Fairland Local Schools, $3,247.94 (123 students); Oak Hill Union Local, $2,138.89 (81 students); Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow, $580.93 (22 students); Ohio Virtual Academy Inc., $1,109.05 (42 students); Virtual Community School, $528.12 (20 students); Symmes Valley Local School District, $844.99 (32 students); Lawrence County Joint Vocational, $369.68 (14 students); Treca Digital Academy, $316.87 (12 students); Ohio Connections Academy Inc., $396.09 (15 students); Ohio Distance Education, $105.62 (four students); Buckeye On-line School for Success, $79.22 (three students); Insight School of Ohio, $26.41 (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.

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