Nebraska school leaders are preparing to start the fall term in a week or so under a budget passed by this year’s legislature that cuts state support by $13-million.
Randy Anderson, superintendent at the Crofton and Hartington Public Districts, says they’ve had to take steps to prepare for the new school year.
Anderson says they amended the budget in Crofton before the end of the school year to allow for additional spending authority, since they knew they’d be losing about a half-million dollars in state aid.
He says both districts have decided to protect as many educational programs as possible. Anderson says their biggest challenges appear to be dealing with unexpected changes from the state and federal governments.
He says the nagging questions include: what is the legislature going to do next year, what will the federal government do, especially with the reformatting underway, will the funding continue or will it be further reduced?
School starts August 15th in Crofton and on the 16th in Hartington.
Jerry Oster, WNAX, Yankton