Patrons of USD 330 Mission Valley:


Recently, the Kansas Supreme Court issued its' ruling on the equity portion of the Gannon School Finance Lawsuit.  The issue of equity deals specifically with the loss of equalization funding from the State to less-wealthy districts for the Capital Outlay and Supplemental General Fund (LOB) budgets.  Equity is not about the amount of money being spent on K-12 education.  Equity is about the differences in local tax rates across the state and the fact that less-wealthy districts must tax their patrons more than wealthy districts to guarantee a quality education for their students.  The Kansas Supreme Court ruled that the school finance system was not equitable and gave the Legislature until June 30, 2016 to correct this issue.

Following the initial Court ruling, in March the Legislature passed House Bill 2655 as an attempt to meet the equity requirements. On Friday, May 27th the Court ruled HB 2655 did not solve the issues of equity in the school finance system and said that HB 2655 actually created more disparities in tax rates.  The Legislature again was informed that they have until June 30, 2016 to correct this issue.   If the issue is not corrected the Court said that schools would not be allowed to operate (raise, distribute, or spend funds) under a finance plan that is unconstitutional.   This in essence would "shut down" school districts across the state.  On June 1st, the last official day of the legislative session, the Legislature failed to take any action to address the school finance situation. In order to solve this issue by June 30ththere will need to be a special session called, and at this time, the Governor just announced that he will call a special session.  The special session is expected to start around June 20th.   

When will we officially know if we are shut down?  The final date is June 30th.  Between now and June 30th we will have a better idea of how things are going based on the actions or inaction of the Governor and Legislature.  Each day that a special session does not occur is a day lost to work on the finance system and a day closer to the shutdown.  If a finance bill is passed by the Legislature then it would still need to be reviewed and passed by the Court.  If  it is passed by the Legislature, but cannot be reviewed by the Court prior to June 30th then it is expected that additional time will be granted before an official shutdown happens.

What happens if we are shut down?  At this time, no guidance has been provided to school districts from the Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE), Kansas Association of School Boards (KASB), or the Kansas Supreme Court.  We are unsure on what district operations----if any---would be allowed to continue.  A shut down means that districts are unable to levy taxes, receive state aid, or write checks.  I believe that if this situation is not resolved by June 30ththat the Court will issue guidance to school districts that would allow them to continue operations but at a reduced level.  Districts will still need to operate to maintain facilities, pay obligated expenses such as payroll, insurance, utilities, etc... It is expected that money budgeted from the 2015-2016 school year will still be available to spend/distribute.  In truth, however, we do not know for sure because this is a situation that has never happened before.

As the deadline approaches we expect that more information will be provided as guidance to districts to plan for changes in operations.  Changes in operations may include such things as:

*Ceasing all student related activities at the school.   This would include such things as summer camps, conditioning, and student trips.
*Ceasing the availability of school facilities by outside school groups, agencies, etc...
*Utilities will be operated at a minimum.
*Site improvements not already budgeted for from the 2015-2016 school year will be delayed, deferred, or cancelled.
*Only maintenance/custodial work that keeps facilities operating and directly preparing for the start of the new school year will be conducted.
*Possible delay of the start of school until facilities are ready and funds are available.
*Cancellations of Extended School Year services for students with special needs.
*Delay, defer, cancel of equipment and/or supply orders that are typically completed in July and August.


USD 330 Mission Valley will continue planning for a successful and productive 2016-2017 school year using the resources and funds that are available.   Our goal is to move through these trying times as efficiently and as smoothly as possible to limit the amount of disruption to the education of our students and daily school operations.   We will keep you updated via email, school messenger, Facebook, Twitter, etc... when we know something definitive and/or something of note happens. 

It is my belief that a complete statewide, school district shutdown in unlikely, but it is vital that we continue to examine different plans/strategies of what actions would need to be taken if it were to occur.   As always, your support of USD 330 Mission Valley is greatly appreciated and I hope that everyone has a very enjoyable summer.   If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the USD 330 District Office.   Feel free to also contact your local legislator and urge them to work together to develop a finance system that meets the requirements of equity so that there is no disruption in the education of the students of USD 330 Mission Valley and of Kansas.

Respectfully,

William J. Clark

Superintendent of Schools/Director of Special Services

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We are excited to announce that school enrollment will be online for the 16-17 school year.  You will be able to enroll your student from the comfort of your own home.  Online bill pay will also be available through EZPAY.  Directions will be provided in a future email and on this website.
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Staff, Students, and Patrons:

I am excited to announce that Mr. David Cromer has accepted the position to be the 9-12 Building Principal for Mission Valley High School beginning the 2016-2017 school year.
Mr. Cromer is currently in his 3rd year as principal for St. Marys Jr.-Sr. High School in St. Marys, Kansas and prior to that he served as a building principal in USD 437 Auburn-Washburn for 10 years. He also served as the vice principal for Tonganoxie Junior High School for 4 years.  Mr. Cromer has extensive knowledge in the area of curriculum & instruction, student data, assessments/testing, behavior and academic interventions, and mathematics.

Mr. Cromer earned in Bachelor of Arts Degree in Physical Education from Denver University and a Secondary Mathematics Degree from Kansas State University.  Later he earned his Masters of Education for Secondary Administration and then his District Level Licensure from Washburn University.  He is currently finishing his Doctorate of Educational Leadership from Kansas State University.

Please extend a warm welcome to Mr. David Cromer, 2016-2017 Mission Valley High School Principal.

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