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Deerfield USD 216 in Topeka, Kansas

Deerfield USD 216 in Topeka, Kansas giving testimony before the Governor’s State Finance Council.

August 24, 2015

 

Over the past several months school finance, as a result of changes in the philosophy of how the state collects revenues, has been dicey territory at best. In addition, state legislatures are grappling upon how exactly to best fund public education in the state of Kansas.  As a result of indecisiveness the state department has adapted a method of financing schools called “the block grant” which will be in effect for fiscal 2016 and 2017.  In addition to state finance and school finance being questioned, several districts in western Kansas have experienced what I would consider an extreme loss in assessed valuation.

 

USD 216 lost approximately 35% of the district’s assessed valuation which in effect reduced revenues collected. Because of this loss the district became eligible to apply for special state funding called “Extraordinary Needs”.  In order to apply the necessary paperwork had to be filed and district representation present at the Governor’s State Finance Council meeting. That meeting occurred August 24, 2015 at Topeka in the State Capitol building - old Supreme Court Room.  

 

As indicated by the above photos, USD District Clerk, Ms. Betty Greer and Superintendent Dr. Daniel Slack testified in front of the Governor’s Council in efforts to secure the funding.  In addition, the District Clerk and Superintendent were accompanied by District Board of Education Member, Ms. Christie Webb.  The effort resulted in a partial success with the requirement of another trip to Topeka to be present and available once again.  The follow up meeting is expected to be scheduled in late October 2015.

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