Washington (Mo.) School District to Get Less State Aid

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Monday, June 11, 2012

A temporary fix to the state school funding formula will mean a loss of about $54,660 to the Washington School District next year, but officials say it could have been much worse.

“We had planned for the worst case scenario, which at one time, was a loss of $1.2 million,” said Superintendent Dr. Lori VanLeer. “We did not know whether a change to the state adequacy target would be made or if proration would prevail.

“In the end, we experienced a loss, but it was minimal,” she added. “The bottom line is our state has not been fully able to implement the school foundation formula as written, designed or intended and that most certainly is a shame.”

In recent weeks, the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has rolled out a plan for avoiding what soon could be a $700 million shortfall in the state’s school funding formula.

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