Three days after the Kansas Supreme Court ruled state education funding is in “substantial compliance” more education officials are offering their thoughts on the topic.
Area district officials have been voicing their pleasure with the new announcement as it will allow them to begin backfilling programs cut due to funding shortages over the past several years. A major issue which developed throughout the litigation process was a teacher shortage.
This is an issue which has affected not only local districts but school districts across the state of Kansas. Last week USD 252 Superintendent Mike Argabright told KVOE News the first priority for the district will be addressing the base pay for educators.
USD 253 Superintendent Rob Scheib says the district is anticipating $1.7 million in additional resources and just under $40,000 for special education. Scheib says this will put the district back to where it was in 2008.
While Emporia schools will be focusing on backfilling certain programs, USD 386 Madison Virgil Superintendent Stu Moeckel says they have several plans already in motion for the additional $120,000 coming to the district.
Despite the positive implications coming from the court’s decision, Moeckel, Scheib and USD 251 Superintendent Mike Mathes all agree there is a fear this could become a repeating cycle. Mathes says this will always be an ongoing battle.
Scheib tells KVOE News this is a particularly large fear for 253 as the district is heavily invested in state revenue.
For comments from other district officials and local lawmakers visit this story at KVOE.com where we have provided a link to our ongoing coverage.