Governor Brownback Proposes Education Cuts; Impacts Projected For Local Districts

The State of Kansas is facing a $600 million budget shortfall for next fiscal year, and to help plug a $344 million deficit projected for June 30th, Governor Sam Brownback announced a plan to cut $54 million in Local Option Budget State Aid and Capital Outlay State Aid spending to public schools and universities in Kansas.

With numbers released by the Kansas Department of Education, estimates of funding lost to local school districts based on enrollment estimates are as follows:

USD 364 – Marysville — $ -47,858
USD 380 – Vermillion — $ -37,183
USD 498 – Valley Heights — $ -31,968

USD 108 – Washington Co. — $ -26,069
USD 223 – Barnes — $ -27,246
USD 224 – Clifton-Clyde — $ -23,706

USD 113 – Prairie Hills — $ -0.00*
USD 115 – Nemaha Central — $ -0.00*

*Consolidated district budgets are locked by statute and will not change in the current year. This impacts USD 113 & USD 115 in Nemaha County.
Financial information on this story taken from in Kansas City

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Derek Nester
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids, and graduated from Valley Heights High School in May of 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communication. After stops at KFRM and KCLY radio in Clay Center, he joined KNDY in 2002 as a board operator and play by play announcer. Derek is now responsible for the digital content of Dierking Communications, Inc. six radio stations. In 2005 Derek joined the staff of KCFX radio in Kansas City as a production coordinator for the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, which airs on over 70 radio stations across 12 Midwest states and growing.