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.