School Town of Munster Superintendent Richard Sopko fixes his gaze at the bottom line of his district’s future and begins to grumble.
“We’re the lowest in the county. It doesn’t make any sense to me.”
The superintendent is examining projected school funding projections for 2014-15 within the recently adopted state budget. His Munster district can expect a funding hike of 2 percent next year and 1.4 percent in 2015. In dollars, it amounts to per pupil funding of $5,643 in 2014 and $5,719 in 2015.
Those numbers rank Munster dead last in Northwest Indiana, even behind Indiana Connections Academy, a statewide virtual school with no classrooms.