Projected Cuts To Local School Districts

A recent report details how districts across the state will be affected by cuts to education. It comes from the Kansas Department of Education and lists how local districts base state aid will be affected due to the governor’s K-12 and higher education cuts that were announced last week.

Governor Sam Brownback reduced the Base State Aid per pupil from $3,852 to $3,810.25 in order to cover a budget deficit. The Kansas Department of Education list reflects the difference between the original funding and the new funding cuts. Each district’s base state aid is based on how many students attend the school district and the money goes into the district’s general fund.

In Mitchell County, Beloit USD 273 will see a difference of $49,532 and Waconda USD 272 will see a difference of $23,380.

Rock Hills USD 107 in Jewell county will see a difference of $23,614 based on proposed general fund numbers from the state.

Osborne County USD 392 is projected to see a difference of $22,478. In Lincoln County, Lincoln USD 298 will see a difference of $26,745 and Sylvan-Lucas USD 299 has a projected difference of $19,982.

Smith Center schools are looking a proposed $29,154 cut from the state.

In Cloud County, Concordia’s school district is projected to see a $63,443 difference and Southern Cloud is looking at difference of $20,862.

In Ottawa County, North Ottawa County schools are looking at a $41,950 difference and Twin Valley USD 240’s difference is projected to be $40,318.

Republic County USD 109’s proposed cut from the state is at $34,753 and Pike Valley USD 426’s figure is at $18,508.

Russell County USD 407 is projected to take a $52,125 hit.

The proposed cuts around the state total to a difference of over $28 million according to the report. Consolidated district budget cuts are locked by statute and will not change in the current year, according to the Kansas Department of Education.