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Two Area Superintendents Calls State Budget ‘Band Aid’ That Didn’t Solve Inequities

July 1, 2016

Both Sandoval School Superintendent Jennifer Garrison and Centralia High School Superintendent Chuck Lane are glad there is now a state budget in place for K-12 schools, but are disappointed there were no changes in the school aide formula.  

While the budget guarantees every school district in the state an increase, Garrison says it doesn’t provide a long term solution.

“We are thankful that we are going to be able to open our doors and keep them open, but we know this is just a band-aide for a long term problem and we will continue the advocacy for a fix to a school funding formula.  We do own the most inequitable school funding in the nation.”

Garrison thanked State Representative John Cavaletto for his assistance.

Lane calls the budget better than nothing, but says it further exasperates the funding inequity problem.   He also promises the fight for change is not over yet and the state has a long way to go before the situation is made right.  

Figures released by the State Board of Education indicate Sandoval Schools will receive a $63,831 increase or $142 per student.  Centralia High school will receive $132,428 more or a $156 per student increase.  Centralia Grade School will receive $411,131 more or $330 per student.  Salem High School will receive $40,826 more or $58 per student.  That’s the lowest per student increase in Marion County.   Salem Grade School will receive $92,514 or $98 per student more.  

The biggest winners per capita are Central City Grade with a $212,437 increase or $832 per student.  Selmaville Grade will receive $148,081 more or $693 per student.

Here’s how other Marion County School Districts will be impacted.  Raccoon Grade will get $28,312 or $131 per student more, Kell Grade School $15,767 more or $166 per student, Iuka Grade $20,609 or $101 more per student, Patoka $33,912 or $148 per student, South Central Schools $64,881 or $103 per student, and Odin School $35,932 or $133 per student.  

North Wamac will receive $68,574 or $512 more per student.  Willow Grove will get $12,394 or $76 per student.  Irvington Grade will get $9,865 or $158 per student.  Rome Grade will receive $141, 622 or $496 per student.  Grand Prairie will get $13,783 or $168 more.  

In other area districts, Mt. Vernon Grade will get $36,796 or $297 more per student and Mt. Vernon High School $128,717 or $114 per student.  Flora schools will receive $118,846 or $99 more per student.  North Clay will get $72,279 or $118 more per student.  Carlyle schools will receive $205,904 or $187 per student more.  Nashville High School will get $8,654 or $23 per student more.  Nashville Grade will receive $26,816 or $50 per student more.

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