The equity funding law passed in the special legislative session June 24 to meet the Kansas Supreme Court’s mandate means district schools will stay open.
That’s the message Superintendent Max Heinrichs brought to the USD 410 Board of Education in a special meeting June 29.
“I haven’t heard much bad, more good,” Heinrichs said about responses from district administrators in the area.
Jerry Hinerman, business manager, reviewed several scenarios about the impact the increase in state aid could have on USD 410.
“It depends on how the pie is sliced,” Hinerman said.
Potentially, the supplemental local option budget could be flat if the local tax portion is reduced by the amount of state aid received, he said, but increasing the LOB to its maximum would result in a higher amount of state aid for the district.
With capital outlay state aid increases, local taxes could be assessed as flat, he said, adding that virtual education state aid will not increase.
Budget implications for the upcoming fiscal year will be determined during next month’s planning sessions, Heinrichs said.
Heinrichs said while the legislative action answered equity concerns for Kansas children, the issue of adequate funding for education still needs to be addressed.
At the meeting, the board also approved an upgrade in its copier services agreement with 360 Document Solutions.
The five-year agreement will provide copiers as well as servicing for the district for a monthly fee of $2,692.
“They’re out there to fix it basically the same day we call,” Heinrichs said about the quality of service.