It is that time of year again as the legislative session has opened up and discussions about education bills once again come to the forefront. Some key education bills include At‐Risk funding, tax credits for private school attendance, vaping, and continuing discussion on Dyslexia.
As the legislative session opened up, Governor Laura Kelly revealed her state budget plan which included funding base state aid per pupil as outlined in the recent Gannon school finance lawsuit settlement for K‐12 education. As the result of the Gannon school finance lawsuit the 2019 Legislature passed a law that gradually increases the base state aid to a level that is equitable and appropriate for all public schools. Base state aid per pupil will increase from $4,436 this school year (FY20) to $4,569 next school year (FY21). For (FY22) the base state aid will be $4,706 and then increase to $4,846 for (FY23). For years following the base state aid will be adjusted according to the Midwest Consumer Price index.
What does that mean for USD 330 Mission Valley? Without calculating any weightings and using only our current full‐time enrollment number of 438 the estimated state aid would be:
FY20 State Aid $1,942,968 BASE‐‐$4,436
FY21 State Aid $2,001,222 (+$58,254) BASE‐‐$4,569
FY22 State Aid $2,061,228 (+$60,006) BASE‐‐$4,706
FY23 State Aid $2,122,548 (+$61,320) BASE‐‐$4,846
Additional revenues are also generated through various weightings such as At‐Risk, Low‐Enrollment, Transportation, etc… The amount of state aid shown would be if there is no change in enrollment. An increase in enrollment will generate additional dollars, however, a decrease in enrollment will lower the amount of state aid provided. Over the past several years there has been a decrease in the number of students enrolled at USD 330. Since the 2009‐2010 school year our enrollment has went from 500.5 FTE to 438.4 FTE. Using the current BASE of $4,436 this equals a loss of $275,032 that we would have received if our enrollment was the same today as it was in FY10.
As we move forward it will remain a top priority to put dollars into the classroom to support education and make sure that we are providing staff with the resources they need, as well as, have competitive salaries and benefit packages.
I hope you have had a wonderful start to the new year.
Bill Clark, Superintendent & Director of Special Services