FAIRBORN — The Ohio Development Services Agency recently approved a grant to the Fairborn City Schools for scheduling process improvements.
The $60,000 grant comes from the Local Government Innovation Fund to assist the district in its efforts to learn about and use Lean Six Sigma to improve processes and make services simpler, faster, better and less costly.
“We will be working with Baker Middle School to improve efficiency with the scheduling process and to help with leadership training. This is very important to the district,” said Pam Gayheart, FCS public relations/grants, who wrote the grant for Baker Middle School.
According to Thea Walsh, Deputy Chief, Office of Energy and Redevelopment, all awards are contingent upon Controlling Board approval in April. Twenty percent of grant funds will be available for disbursement upon execution of the grant agreement.
“The Fairborn Baker Middle School Guidance Department and Leadership Team scheduling process improvements efficiency project is an exciting part of Ohio’s efforts to promote efficiency in local government,” Walsh said in an award letter to the district.
The Local Government Innovation Fund consists of two programs, the Local Government Innovation Program and the Local Government Efficiency Program. Together these programs assist communities with shared services and efficiency projects in all aspects of operations.
“Collaboration is key when it comes to saving money,” said David Goodman, director of the Ohio Development Services Agency. “Through the process of sharing services and eliminating unnecessary costs, communities have already seen savings as a result of this program.”
The Ohio Development Services Agency awarded 12 grants and two loans to assist efficiency and collaboration projects across the state, totaling $1,488,187.