Mentor Public Schools files lawsuit against Lake County ESC
March 14, 2014 -- Mentor Public Schools has filed a lawsuit in the Lake County Court of Common Pleas against the Lake County Educational Service Center (ESC) to recoup $476,000 in State subsidy funding that is being illegally withheld from the District. Mentor Public Schools has asked the Court to freeze those funds from ESC spending while the complaint is pending.
As required by law, Mentor Public Schools entered into a service agreement with Lake County ESC, which automatically renews every two years and can only be terminated by the District, according to Ohio Revised Code. In order to offset the cost of the services provided to Mentor Public Schools under the agreement, Lake County ESC receives a State subsidy that is allocated based on Mentor Schools’ student enrollment.
The Lake County ESC unlawfully terminated Mentor Public Schools service agreement on July 1, 2013, yet continued to collect the State subsidy . The ESC has been using those funds to pay for its own operating expenses instead of services for Mentor Schools in violation of State law and the terms of the service agreement.
“Our understanding of state law and the long standing practice of the ESC is that the State subsidy that is given to the ESC based on Mentor’s student enrollment is intended to benefit our students,” said Superintendent Mr. Matthew Miller. “The subsidy payments will amount to $476,000. That’s a significant amount of money, and we want it back so it can be spent in our schools to provide a high quality education for our students.”