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posted Feb 10, 2015, 1:13 PM by website team   [ updated Feb 10, 2015, 1:14 PM ]
        As you may have read recently, the State of Kansas is in troubled waters in the area of finance.  A rescission / supplemental bill (Senate Bill 4) is on its way to the Governor just so the state will be able to pay its bills past the middle of February.  Additionally, Governor Brownback implemented an allotment (cut) of $28.3 million or 1.5 percent to K-12 and 2 percent to the Regents system to address a projected budget shortfall.  Allotments do not require legislative action for implementation.  This amounts to mid-year cut of $20,000 for USD #386.   
        There is another bill in play which would recalculate state aide in the Local Option Budget.  This would result in an additional $30,000 mid-year cut to USD #386.  School districts options are very limited in terms of what can be cut mid-year as the majority of funds are in salaries or have already been allocated by this point in the year.  USD #386 has a plan in place to address the cuts during the current school year including a spending freeze for the remainder of the 2014-2015 school year.  Additionally, a budget planning process will be implemented to plan for the impact of the cuts for the 2015-2016 school year.  The plan will allow all stakeholders to have input into the planning process.  Specifics regarding the budget planning process will be announced in the near future via the district website.  The cuts for the current year are a result of a $326 million revenue shortfall for the current year.  While the education funding for the 2015-2016 school year has not been determined, it is safe to say that there will very likely be a cut to funding as there is a $700 million revenue shortfall for FY16.  As always, please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.  Have a great week! Despite some very challenging financial times, “It is a Great Day to be a Bulldog!”