Area School Districts Would See Varying Funding Changes Under New Formula


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Last week, the Kansas Legislature approved a school funding plan which will add $289 million in additional money to public schools over the next two years. The new formula was developed in response to a Kansas Supreme Court ruling from earlier this year which stated funding levels are inadequate and unconstitutional.

Governor Sam Brownback has until June 15 to sign, veto or stand pat on the school funding bill. The general consensus of area legislatures and local school officials believe the governor will stand pat on the bill and allow it to become law without his signature as the deadline passes on Thursday.

It is unclear whether or not the Kansas Supreme Court will approve the new funding plan. Many believe they will allow the measure to pass muster for the coming school year, but they may require the legislature to readdress the issue during the 2018 session even though the bill is a two year plan.

The following is a listing in funding changes area school districts would see for the 2017-18 school year under the new funding plan which is based largely on changes in enrollment and tax valuations. All area schools, with the exception of Southern Cloud will see increases in funding levels, if approved, under the plan.

Southern Cloud -$120,581 – Rock Hills +$168,568 – Lincoln +$72,360

Sylvan-Lucas +$184,463 – Beloit +$527,706 – Waconda +$179,117

Thunder Ridge +$72,711 – Smith Center +$239,694 – Concordia +$511,189

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Derek Nester
Derek Nesterhttps://sunflowerstateradio.com
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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