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February 16, 2017 Featured - Kalona news - Mid-Prairie superintendent reflects on legislative passage of school funding
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M-P superintendent Mark Schneider

I am glad and thankful the legislature and governor were able to act on the increase in school funding for next year so soon in the session. Typically, it is not until the end of the session before that figure is set, usually after the school budget for the following year has to be legally set. I am also grateful that the legislature and governor spared K-12 education any mid-year cuts this year as what happened to other areas of the state budget.

The 1.11 percent of new money for schools for next year is welcome, but I wish it was more. Next year will be my 17th year as a superintendent. For the first 10 years of my tenure, the amount of new money for schools averaged 3.2 percent annually. For the last seven years, the annual average has been 1.8 percent.

Iowa communities are going to have to realize that schools will not be able to continue to do all the things they have always done. With decreasing resources, services will also have to decrease. Students and families suffer when services decrease.

Mid-Prairie is fortunate for next year. Even though the overall state increase for new money is 1.11 percentage, because of our increase in student enrollment, the district’s new money for next year will be over 4.5 percent.

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