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School funding issues top the list of legislative priorities for the Lone Tree school board in the coming year.
The board approved five legislative priorities at its Sept. 12 meeting from a list of 31 possibilities.
The Lone Tree priorities will be forwarded to the Iowa Association of School Boards, which will meld suggestions from across the state to develop its agenda for lobbying the state Legislature next year.
“The more focus we have, the better it’s going to be,” Superintendent Ken Crawford said. “With an election year coming in November, you are going to see a lot of stuff.”
Topping the list for the Lone Tree board are a couple of school funding issues.
The Lone Tree priorities are:
• School funding policy, providing sufficient and timely funding to meet education goals.
• Setting supplemental state aid levels at a rate that supports district efforts to plan, create and sustain “world-class schools.”
• Extended the penny sales tax – a program known as SAVE – that goes to school infrastructure beyond 2029.
• Supporting continued funding for 4-year-old preschool.
• Supporting statewide access and funding for mental health services for children.
The board grappled for a while to come up with the list of priorities.
“They are all important; that is the problem,” board President Christina Magruder said.