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Matt Campbell, Superintendent
Talks about the CCBDD Strategic Plan 2009-2013

Everyone is aware of the difficult economic times we are facing. Many people may see these times as doom and gloom. Others may view these times as opportunities. Due to the overwhelming support from the Carroll County community for developmental disabilities services, I remain optimistic. The Board is blessed with having so many dedicated and talented staff.
The Strategic Plan is available below or by calling 330-627-6555 to request a copy. The Strategic Plan for 2009 to 2013 was developed with the goal to improve services for individuals with developmental disabilities. Some would say it is difficult to improve services with expenses increasing and revenue decreasing. That is why this plan is so important. The Board can no longer maintain the status quo. We must look at ways to be more effective and efficient with scarce resources.
The Strategic Plan was developed with input from staff, individuals with disabilities, parents, guardians, community members, and other stakeholders. The financial forecast shows a decline in Board reserves over the 5 year process. This decline in reserves is expected over the life of our main 10 year operating levy. It is also important that the 3 year 1 mill school operating levy passes November 3rd, 2009 to ensure school services remain at Carroll Hills. The Board is committed to being very careful to ensure there is enough money to maintain services until the passage of the next levy.
The transportation department has been a focus due to increased fuel bills, increased repair bills, the need to replace buses and vans, and the increase demand for routes for students and adults. The other concern is the perception and fairness of adults with disabilities riding yellow school buses without air conditioning to work. I recently made a decision to contract with Carroll County Transit to provide transportation for one route for our adults from home to work. This was a cost savings to the Board of around $4,000 per year.
My plan is to continue giving adult routes to Carroll County Transit. The Board will continue to provide van aides for each route. The Board also provides training to Carroll County Transit drivers and ensures Transit follows all rules associated with developmental disabilities. The goal is to reduce the Board routes from 6 buses and 2 vans to only 5 buses. The Board employs 5 full time bus drivers.
There are so many things happening this year that are changing the developmental disabilities world. Please be aware that the Board has purchased Quality Support Services from Mid East Ohio Regional Conference. Phone surveys will be conducted on September 28, 29, and 30th about the satisfaction of Board services. This is your community and we need your input. We need to know from the voters of Carroll County what services you expect for individuals with developmental disabilities. Thank you again for your support!