Superintendent's Update-August 2011
Welcome to a new school year in USD 333! We look forward to working with the community throughout the year. Every year we have changes, and this year is no exception. My main focus has been on school budgets. School funding has been cut, at the state level, again this year. I had to reduce our spending nearly $600,000 for the 2011-12 school year. And, for the first time the district will be required to use contingency (emergency) funds in order to balance our budget.
Some of the cuts & reductions include:
Personnel reductions resulting in slightly larger classes, fewer extra-curricular sponsors and coaches, and fewer para-educators
Library budgets reduced
No summer school
Field trips suspend
Fewer bus routes
Reduced classroom supply and athletic budgets
How you can help:
Volunteer to help in classrooms and with extra-curricular activities
Assist with fundraising for field trips and classroom supplies
Vote in elections
Contact local legislators and encourage support for public schools
(Be respectful and courteous in your communication with our elected officials.)
Representative Elaine Bowers Senator Mark Taddiken
1326 N. 150th Rd. 2614 Hackberry Rd.
Concordia, KS 66901 Clifton, KS 66937
Contact Governor Sam Brownback
300 SW 10th Ave. Ste. 241S
Topeka, KS 66612-1590
As the Superintendent, I am dedicated to maintaining the high quality educational services in USD 333, as we navigate through these challenging times. I assure you that the USD 333 Staff will work extremely hard to make this a successful school year, despite the challenges. Please feel free to contact me with any questions, concerns or ideas that you might have about these issues, as well as any others.
Bev Mortimer, Superintendent
- Restore funding to the base state aid per pupil.
The Base State Aid Per Pupil has been cut to $3,780. Current level should be $4433.
2010-11 $4,012 2002-03 $3863
2009-10 $4012 2001-02 $3870
2008-09 $4,400 2000-01 $3,820
2007-08 $4,374 1999-00 $3,770
The General Operating Budget for USD 333, for 2011-12, is currently “estimated” at $7,398,972. This is calculated on the number of students in a district, with additional funds for different weightings. This is a reduction of $215,385 from 2010-11.
Actual Budgets for USD 333:
- Restore full state aid for Local Option Budget and Capital Outlay.
State Aid has been reduced in the Local Option Budget and eliminated in the Capital Outlay Budget.
The LOB should be funded at 100%; 2010-11 funded at 92%; 2011-12 funded at 83%. Districts that are dependent upon state aid (less wealthy) have been cut more.
The impact for USD 333:
LOB fund is calculated to be $2,238,750; 56.17% funded with state aid;
Therefore USD 333 should get $1,257,506 in state aid, but the state is only funding this at 83%. USD 333 will receive $1,043,730 in state aid.
A reduction of $213,776.
Capital Outlay-districts receive $0 state aid to “equalize” this fund. The rate for USD 333 should be 38%.
Examples of discrepancies: (2010-11)
1 mill in USD 333 Concordia raises $46.00 per student.
1 mill in USD 424 Mullinville raises $525.18
1 mill in USD 504 Oswego raises $23.50
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Sep 15, 2011
|Is anyone else participating in the "Calling All Communities" through US Cellular? Voting takes place from 9/9/11-10/6/11 on a chance to win $1 million for your school. You have to stop by US Cellular to get your voting code. I think we did this last year was it?|