Monday, November 16, 2009

School News from Around Kentucky

Beshear asks some agencies to plan for 6 percent cuts this year: Gov. Steve Beshear notified some state agencies Friday to plan for 6 percent cuts to their current budgets to make up for an estimated $161 million revenue shortfall this fiscal year. However, many of the state's major spending areas — including Medicaid, universities and the funding formula for public schools —will be exempt from this latest round of cuts, Beshear spokeswoman Kerri Richardson said. “We expect revenues to fall short $161 million from budgeted levels in this fiscal year,” Richardson said in a statement. “We are gathering information on the potential impacts of additional reductions.” (Courier-Journal)

School district officials oppose money grab: Kentucky school districts fear the state legislature will tap their contingency funds by 50 percent to make up for budgetary shortfalls come January...“We want the legislators to understand that it’s not money that we just sit on,” said Sam Dick superintendent of the Caverna Independent School District. “We are using the money in those ways.” The Metcalfe County School System is using its contingency fund to support a BG-1 for construction of a new middle school. “If the funds were reduced, I would have to cancel the BG-1 and forego addressing our grave facility needs,” said Patricia Hurt, superintendent. (Glasgow Daily Times)

Murray resolution opposes capture of contingency funds by state: The Murray Independent School District board of education passed a resolution Thursday to oppose potential state capture of district contingency funds.During the monthly board meeting, MISD superintendent Bob Rogers said the speaker of the house went on record saying a possible way to balance the state budget would be to claim contingency, or carryover, funds from school districts in Kentucky. Rogers said there was initial opposition that has since died down a little, but school boards across the commonwealth are passing the resolution to further show their objection. (Murray Ledger Times)

Education Commissioner visits Bell County: The state's highest ranking education official was in the Mountains. Video from WYMT TV.

Boyle and Danville school superintendents plan town meeting: Danville Superintendent Carmen Coleman and Boyle County Superintendent Mike LaFavers are teaming up for a community forum to discuss the challenges that educators everywhere are facing. Coleman and LaFavers will outline the approach their districts are taking to prepare students for the changing workplace, economy and interconnected world. (Advocate-Messenger)

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