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Impact Aid on hold

Carrie Moore
Published: Thursday, March 14th, 2013

 

By Carrie Moore
At the March 12 meeting of the Custer School District Board of Education, business manager Lisa Fluck and superintendent Scott Lepke updated the board on Impact Aid payments — over $2 million — which have been placed on hold.
“I was told today it could be August before we receive that payment,” Fluck said.
The district is owed three back years of Impact Aid money.
“If we fall within a certain range we can request a payment from the federal government,” Lepke said. 
Projected revenue for the 2013-14 school year is $5,341,250 while projected expenditures are $5,659,085 — a $317,835 deficit.
“The finance committee recommended we use an additional $100,000 in Impact Aid,” Lepke said. “There’s already $250,000 figured into that deficit.”
It was also projected the district will receive $670,000 Impact Aid per year for 2012-15, which would begin in March, which is also on hold.
“Even with these funds we’ve talked about using caution,” Lepke said. “Obviously we can’t count on the funds.”
Lepke’s recommendations, provided that Impact Aid payments are received, were to fill staffing requests. A classroom teacher would be added at Custer Elementary School, a full-time counselor at Hermosa, a teacher at the Custer Junior-Senior High School, the current industrial technology teacher at the high school would be increased by quarter time, an office paraprofessional position at the Custer Junior-Senior school would be increased to full-time and the hours of the administration secretary would be increased.

At the March 12 meeting of the Custer School District Board of Education, business manager Lisa Fluck and superintendent Scott Lepke updated the board on Impact Aid payments — over $2 million — which have been placed on hold.

“I was told today it could be August before we receive that payment,” Fluck said.

The district is owed three back years of Impact Aid money.

“If we fall within a certain range we can request a payment from the federal government,” Lepke said. 

Projected revenue for the 2013-14 school year is $5,341,250 while projected expenditures are $5,659,085 — a $317,835 deficit.

“The finance committee recommended we use an additional $100,000 in Impact Aid,” Lepke said. “There’s already $250,000 figured into that deficit.”

It was also projected the district will receive $670,000 Impact Aid per year for 2012-15, which would begin in March, which is also on hold.

“Even with these funds we’ve talked about using caution,” Lepke said. “Obviously we can’t count on the funds.”

Lepke’s recommendations, provided that Impact Aid payments are received, were to fill staffing requests. A classroom teacher would be added at Custer Elementary School, a full-time counselor at Hermosa, a teacher at the Custer Junior-Senior High School, the current industrial technology teacher at the high school would be increased by quarter time, an office paraprofessional position at the Custer Junior-Senior school would be increased to full-time and the hours of the administration secretary would be increased.

Available only in the print version of the Custer County Chronicle.

 



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