While most Nebraska schools are quiet during the summer months, administrators are now working ahead for when the students return in the fall.
Randy Anderson, superintendent for the Crofton and Hartington public school districts, says they have a little breathing room in their upcoming budgets.
“We’re looking at what’s going to happen with district valuation,” Anderson says. “It’ll also play a major role in how we look at our tax base that we have to draw from. We’re trying to be very mindful of our spending.”
He says the Crofton district got a slight increase in its amount of state aid while Hartington stayed level.
Land values have been rising rapidly in both districts, with farmland selling for over $8,000 an acre.
Anderson says most of the tax benefits actually go to the landowners.
“You do get the benefit in the fact it gives you a larger tax base but in turn, that’s only what it is, a larger base,” he says. “It doesn’t give you more spending authority so we’re still under the spending limitation.”
Anderson says they’re in good shape as far as staffing in both districts as no new teachers need to be hired during the summer.
School starts for both districts in mid-August.
By Jerry Oster, WNAX, Yankton