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Message from the Superintendent

By Dody, Aron

February 09, 2015

Dear Friends of North Lyon County Schools,

As you may have heard, last Thursday, Governor Sam Brownback announced 1.5% in school district “allotments” – cuts that don’t require legislative approval – effective March 7. In North Lyon County, this translates to an approx. $40,000 cut to our current budget. This is not good news.

It will take me some time to formulate a plan to address this cut, but I will be working with building and district leaders to find the solutions that – though painful – are the most appropriate. In the meantime, I have asked each of the outstanding professionals who make up our district to do what they can to reduce use of resources and delay any and all purchases until further notice.

I must also note that the legislature is currently working two bills. Senate Bill 71 would cut state aide from the current fiscal year from the local option budget. Senate Bill 4 would delay a portion of capital outlay payments from this current budget year until June. The proposed block grants for the 2015-2016 school year will cut an additional $127 million from the education budget as well.  Please understand, the measures being discussed in Topeka are only temporary fixes to the current budget year. Given revenue forecasts, there is every reason to expect the pain of cuts to schools will continue for some time into the future.

This news is upsetting in many, many ways. Sadly, it is news that many have seen coming for quite some time. Until the governor and state lawmakers choose to restore revenue streams – most notably, the tax plan passed in 2012 that has brought us to this point – North Lyon County Schools and districts all across our state will suffer.

If you’d like to see the budget documents for our district, including our cash balances, your can access them on our website at www.usd251.org, or feel free to stop in the office and I would be more than happy to sit down and go over them with you.  Please also feel free to contact me if you would like any additional details.

Thank you for your patience during this time. Our district’s greatest strength is the loyal support we receive from our communities. I urge you to contact your legislators as soon as possible and tell them that these cuts are hurting North Lyon County kids and North Lyon County families.

Sincerely,

Aron Dody
Superintendent of Schools

dodya@usd251.org
620-443-5116

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