Wright State on track to meet budget but finances still ‘tenuous’

Published: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 5:04 PM


            Chairman of Wright State’s finance committee Sean Fitzpatrick and university president Cheryl Schrader sit at a board of trustees meeting on Friday.
Chairman of Wright State’s finance committee Sean Fitzpatrick and university president Cheryl Schrader sit at a board of trustees meeting on Friday.

Wright State University has collected the bulk of its revenue for this fiscal year, meaning all the school has to do now to meet its budget is keep expenses in check.

Officials also are targeting enrollment.

The single biggest source of revenue for most colleges is tuition revenue, and with the final semester of the year now underway, WSU has already received its last large lump of revenue.

Wright State trustees slashed more than $30.8 million from the university’s fiscal year 2018 budget last year in an effort to rebuild the school’s drained reserve fund. Trustees set a goal of generating a $6 million surplus this year, and the school is so far on track to reach that goal by June 30, school leaders said during a board of trustees meeting Friday.

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“We’re on track, but it’s not in the bag,” said Doug Fecher, chairman of the WSU board of trustees. “From here toward June 30, it’s got to all be about expense control.”

Though WSU appears to be on track to reach its goal, trustees and officials stopped short of declaring a success yet.

Cutbacks put in place last year appear to be working, Fecher said, but the university’s financial situation is still “tenuous.” University leaders “need to continue to be diligent” president Cheryl Schrader said, because even though the money looks like it is there now, it might not be later if there are too many surprises.

Trustees and administrators are already turning their attention to boosting summer and fall enrollment so that they can increase tuition revenue.

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Throughout the last few years, Wright State has struggled to keep its enrollment steady, let alone increase it.

The university’s enrollment has declined in part because of “brand problems” stemming from the school’s financial issues, said Mary Ellen Ashley, WSU vice president for enrollment management. Recent dips in enrollment may also be a reflection of the fewer resources Wright State’s enrollment management office has had compared to other universities, Schrader said.

Last summer’s enrollment was down enough that it caused the school to start out the fiscal year in a nearly “$3-million hole,” officials said Friday. This past year, Wright State’s fall enrollment was also projected to be one of the university’s lowest in around a decade.

International enrollment, which has declined by 779 students since 2015, has been around a $15-million blow to Wright State’s budget over the last two years.

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“The international decline continues to kind of haunt us,” Ashley said.

Wright State administrators and trustees have long said an enrollment turnaround would serve as a solution to the school’s financial problems. To do so, the university has formed nine committees to focus on increasing the number of students taking classes there.

“I really enjoy this conversation, frankly, because we’re talking about growing revenue finally instead of making cuts,” Fecher said.

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Proposed bill in California would provide a choice in driver's license photos

Published: Saturday, February 24, 2018 @ 1:22 AM

California drivers soon may have a say in picking the photos for their driver's licenses.
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California drivers soon may have a say in picking the photos for their driver's licenses.(Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Have you ever met anyone who liked their driver’s license photo? 

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Of course not. 

Photos on driver’s licenses always seem to show a person at his or her worst, but a bill proposed in the California state legislature would give drivers a choice, KABC reported.

The bill would allow drivers to have multiple photos taken, and would allow them to choose a favorite for the license.

While the bill would grant drivers freedom of choice, it would be more expensive for drivers getting their photos taken, KABC reported.

The bill does not specify the exact cost, but notes that additional revenue would go toward driver's education programs in California’s public schools, KABC reported.

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Report: Dye pack explodes on Oakwood LCNB robber 

Published: Friday, February 23, 2018 @ 6:00 PM
Updated: Friday, February 23, 2018 @ 8:40 PM

FROM SCENE: Robbery at LCNB, dye pack explodes on robber

UPDATE @ 8:40 p.m.

Police are seeking the public’s help to find the bank robber who held up LCNB.

The suspect entered Lebanon Citizens National Bank, 2705 Far Hills Ave., around 5:30 p.m., demanded money and left with an undisclosed amount of cash, Oakwood police Lt. Chuck Balaj said.

No weapon was seen, and the suspect left in a black Pontiac G6.

Anyone with information is urged to call Oakwood police at 937-298-2122 or Crime Stoppers at 937-222-STOP(7867).

FIRST REPORT

Police were called this evening to a report of a bank robbery at LCNB.

The alarm was sounded around 5:40 p.m. at Lebanon Citizens National Bank, 2705 Far Hills Ave., according to police scanner traffic. 

Oakwood police said the matter was under investigation and would not release any details.

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According to initial reports, a dye pack exploded on the suspect, described as a man in his 50s who stands between 5 feet 6 and 5 feet 7 inches and was wearing a black ball cap and black sweater. He reportedly fled in a black Pontiac G6 south on Far Hills Avenue.

The suspect did not show a weapon but kept his hand inside his pocket, according to initial reports.

We have a crew on the way to the scene and will update this report.

Got a tip? Call our monitored 24-hour line, 937-259-2237, or send it to newsdesk@cmgohio.com.

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Drizzle, fog tonight; Flood watch in effect

Published: Friday, February 23, 2018 @ 4:04 AM
Updated: Friday, February 23, 2018 @ 11:50 PM

Rain showers continue at times today in the Dayton area, and into parts of the weekend.

A Flood Watch is in effect for Montgomery, Preble, Clark, Greene, Butler, Warren  and Clinton counties until Sunday morning.

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QUICK-LOOK FORECAST

  • Areas of drizzle, fog tonight
  • Rain increasing in coverage, intensity Saturday
  • Additional 1-3 inches of rain possible through Sunday morning

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DETAILED FORECAST

Overnight: Mostly cloudy skies will linger through the night with areas of fog, light rain and drizzle possible. Steadier showers will develop overnight around 3 a.m. Temperatures drop tonight through the 50s to a low in the lower 40s. 

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Saturday: Rain likely and could be heavy at times. Thunderstorms also will be possible during the day. Flooding will be possible with rainfall amounts of 1 to 3 inches through Saturday night. High temperatures will be in the middle 50s. 

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Sunday: Rain early in the day, then breaks in the clouds later. Flooding will still be possible as rivers and streams continue to rise. Highs will be in the lower 50s and it will be windy at times. 

Monday: It will be a nice start to the workweek. There will be sunshine for the afternoon with temperatures above normal in the low 50s.

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Tuesday: Expect mostly sunny skies will mild temperatures in the middle 50s.

Wednesday: Showers are expected to return with highs topping out near 60 degrees. 

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Male, 17, arrested in death of Dayton mother shot in front of children

Published: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 3:04 PM
Updated: Friday, February 23, 2018 @ 8:19 PM

Connected to Lorenz Avenue homicide

UPDATE @ 4:30 p.m. (Feb. 23): A 17-year-old male has been arrested and booked into the Montgomery County Juvenile Detention Center on a preliminary charge of murder in the Feb. 16 shooting of 22-year-old Keyona Murray, Dayton police said.

The teenager has a criminal history, according to investigators.

Court officials said he has been in trouble before on charges that include delinquency by reason of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, delinquency by reason of breaking and entering and delinquency by reason of burglary.  

Officials said he had recently completed probation.

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Police said the teen was taken into custody today at a residence on Gard Avenue in Dayton.

A detention hearing is scheduled for Saturday morning.

INITIAL REPORT

A reward of up to $2,500 is being offered for information that leads to the arrest of anyone involved in the shooting death of a woman shot in front of two children on Feb. 16.

Keyona Murray, shot and killed in an incident Feb. 16, 2018, at a home in the 100 block of Lorenz Avenue in Dayton. (Courtesy/Miami Valley Crime Stoppers)

Keyona Murray, 22, died at Miami Valley Hospital after medics took her from a home in the 100 block of Lorenz Avenue in Dayton where she had been shot in the head, according to police.

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Murray was sitting in a bedroom with her 2-year-old child, 2-year-old nephew and another adult when someone fired numerous times into the house.

Miami Valley Crime Stoppers is offering the reward and said anyone providing tips can remain anonymous.

“We also know that in all likelihood, someone in the community knows who committed this heinous crime, so Miami Valley Crime Stoppers is offering up to a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest or arrests of anyone involved,” the organization said in a prepared statement. 

“Keyona succumbed to her injuries later that night, leaving many to mourn her loss after this senseless act of violence.”

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