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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Board approves resolution for military enrollment count

  • When they met Monday, Leavenworth school board members approved a resolution urging the continuation of a law that allows a second enrollment count for military dependents.
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      In other business
      When they met Monday, Leavenworth school board members took the following action:

      They approved payment to Pearson for training for teachers for new math materials. The cost of the training totals $78,000.

      They approved a bid from American Roofing in the amount of $66,773 for roof work at Leavenworth High School. They also approved a bid from Delta Services in the amount of $151,974 for roof work at Earl M. Lawson Elementary School. The bids were approved with a vote of 6-1 with board member Nancy Klemp voting against the motion.

      They voted down a motion made by Klemp to require that construction and maintenance projects and purchases of more than $20,000 be advertised in the newspaper. The motion was defeated 3-4 with Klemp, Mo Minchew and Loyal Torkelson voting for the measure.

      They listened to an update about a long-range facility plan.

      Minchew announced he didn’t file for another term on the school board because he missed the filing deadline by 30 minutes.
  • When they met Monday, Leavenworth school board members approved a resolution urging the continuation of a law that allows a second enrollment count for military dependents.
    Currently, school districts are required by state law to take an enrollment count of all students Sept. 20. Enrollment numbers help determine state funding for districts. Districts also can take an additional count Feb. 20 for military dependents who have enrolled since the initial Sept. 20 count.
    Kevin Gullett, chief financial officer for the district, said the second enrollment count generally results in $135,000 in additional funding each year for the Leavenworth public schools. He said the Fort Leavenworth district receives about $675,000 in additional funding.
    He said the state law that permits the Feb. 20 count is set to sunset at the end of the year.
    “We want the law extended past 2013,” he said.
    And Gullett said the recommendation is to extend the law without making any other changes.
    Board President Mike Robinson said one of the things being discussed is changing the law so that a school district could lose funding if the number of students who are military dependents decreases between the September and February enrollment counts.
    He said this would be bad because the decrease would come in the middle of the academic year after schools already have spent the money.
    While districts can receive funding for additional students counted Feb. 20, schools currently are not penalized for a drop in enrollment of military dependents, according to Gullett.
    Robinson said the law affects more districts than Leavenworth and Fort Leavenworth. He said it also impacts schools around Fort Riley and McConnell Air Force Base.
    The resolution approved Monday indicates that the school opposes any amendments to state school funding formulas “that would require Kansas public school districts to reduce its already-adopted annual budgets as a result of any so-called ‘military second count.’”
    The resolution passed unanimously.

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