School supports study on state funding

This article submitted by Linda Stelling on 12/2/97.

The Paynesville Area School Board approved a resolution supporting a study to develop baseline information on state school funding .

The Minnesota School Board Association (MSBA) has hired Augenblick and Myers, Inc. They will develop baseline information which will be taken to the Legislature to show funding trends and state school funding policies do not keep pace with inflation and student needs.

In a letter to the school board, Richard Anderson, executive director of the MSBA states: We believe this study was well received by our lawmakers and that it was instrumental in setting the stage for the significant funding increase school districts have received. However, we also believe this was just the initial step. There is a real need to quantify the concept of adequacy and to ensure stability and equity in funding education. The MSBA is coordinating further study efforts which will be done over the next two years.

Howard Caldwell, superintendent, recommended the board support the resolution as he could see value in the study.

In other business:

  • The board approved the seniority list for custodial employees.

  • The board acknowledged a maternity/ child care leave request from high school teacher Rebecca Hoey effective Jan. 26 through March 9.

  • The board approved the following extracurricular assignments: Cindy Fuchs, wrestling and gymnastics cheerleading advisor and Sheri Wegner, girls and boys basketball cheerleading advisor.

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