(Exira) The Exira School District has been denied $131,054 in modified allowable growth money for the 2011-2012 School Year. As part of its corrective plan, and recommended to the Iowa Department of Education, the department will implement a phase II on site visit to conduct a fiscal review of the school district.
Exira/ElkHorn-Kimballton Schools Superintendent Dean Schnoes says the just of the whole thing is that Exira schools have seen a big decrease in students leaving the district. He says the district draws up the budget, around this time for the following school year and sometimes it is the best estimate of what you currently know.
“When you do that you are never sure of exactly how many students you may not have back, either to open enrolling out, parents moving to another district because of jobs, or whatever the case. That creates a problem when you spend more than what was set for your budget,” explains Schnoes.
This year the school lost around 50-students, which cost the district about $300.000. So back to the SBRC they went to ask them for $131,054 to cover what was overspent from the budget that was drawn up a year ago.
“Well, .because this has been happening over the past four years, the SBRC denied the modified allowable growth money. And because it has happened before they have certain guidelines they have to follow,” said Schnoes. One of those guidelines will be a site visit to conduct a fiscal review of the school district and teacher accreditation.
Meanwhile, Schnoes says Exira is going to continue whole-grade sharing with Elk Horn-Kimballton, use the supplemental money they are getting for whole-grade sharing to the full extent, and start the process of looking into re-organization, because in 2014 the supplemental money for whole-grade sharing will be gone.
:The community and teachers have made a lot of sacrifices, and I believe we do provide a quality education at our small school, and we are going to continue to provide a quality education,” said Schoes.
The Iowa Department of Education will conduct a site visit sometime this spring.
February 2, 2012
5:00 p.m. news