How will Kansas
schools continue to educate children?
Governor Brownback used his authority to reduce state
funding for K-12 education by $28.3 million in the current year in response to
January revenue being $48 million short.
USD 315 received a decrease in state funding of $57,932. We anticipate additional decreases in funding
this year if revenues continue to drop in the state.
Keep in mind Base State Aid Per Pupil funding was $3870 in 2001
and $3852 in 2015 (minus the $57,932 decrease from the Governor). It is
a challenge to provide our children a quality education that will prepare them
for life with the same funding we received 14 years ago. Our
world continues to change and the cost of educating children and operating a
district increases yearly.
According to Duane Goossen, former Kansas Budget Director, “Seven
months into fiscal year 2015, general fund
receipts remain below last year’s
level. That leaves a very grim outlook for the Kansas budget.
In FY 2014 revenue dropped
precipitously—$688 million down in one year. Now with FY 2015 more than half
over, revenue is $65 million under the anemic pace of FY 2014.
What happens if FY 2015
revenue does not grow? The FY 2015 budget was already $279 million in the hole
using the assumption that revenue would reach $5.769 billion this year. The
bank account is empty. A rainy day fund does not exist. If revenue fails to increase
enough to meet the projection, the hole to be filled in the remaining months of
FY 2015 will be even bigger. “
The Governor proposes a block grant budget for K-12 education
that would significantly reduce money going to Kansas’ classrooms for the 2015-16
school year. The block grant would reduce
operating funds (general, supplemental general and capital outlay) by $127
The Governor’s proposal includes a $90 million increase for retirement
system funding (KPERS). Whereas the
state is responsible for providing money for retirement contributions, this
money does not help schools. School
districts are sent the KPERS funds and it is immediately redirected to the state
retirement system. This year’s state
budget included an increase in KPERS funding to schools. As I explained, this increase did not provide money
for our district to education students attending Colby Public Schools.
Dear Grade School Parents:
We appreciate your patience regarding report cards. We are in the process of updating the report card template and are working through some tech issues at this time. Grades still may be accessed through PowerSchool. We hope to have printed report cards out to parents in the near future.
If you have any questions, please call the office at 460-5100.
Grade School Principal
see an important message from Jody Luckert R.N., School Nurse USD 315
regarding the flu and the district policy regarding illness.