(AUDUBON) The Audubon School Board voted Monday night to support a school funding resolution calling for 4% allowable growth for the 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 school years.
The resolution was put together by the Iowa Association of School Boards asking all member districts to pass the resolution and send it on the legislators to put pressure on them to set allowable growth for the next two years like the law says they are supposed to.
Audubon Superintendent Brett Gibbs said they need to set the allowable growth at a level where districts can have some funds to operate.
“In the case of Audubon, if it’s 0% allowable growth for next year that means our local taxpayers will pay an additional $128,000 worth of local property taxes to make up that difference through what’s called the budget guarantee,” explained Gibbs. “At 4% we would actually get a little new money, about $37,000 of what they call new money; additional state aid, which isn’t a lot but it would be the first time in several years that we’ve gotten any, so it would be big for our district and for districts like ours that are smaller and have declining enrollment.”
Gibbs said by law the schools are supposed to know within the first 30-days what their allowable growth will be for the next two years. So far the Senate has passed a resolution, but the House hasn’t. And, the Governor is recommending that no allowable growth be set until the education reform bill is passed. Schools have to have their budgets in place by April 15th.