USD 112 works to catch up on funds

When Central Plains USD 112 Superintendent Greg Clark started in his administrative role five years ago, the school district would soon be feeling the brunt of the state’s newly adopted finance formula.

At the time, Central Plains, like other public school districts across Kansas, had already budgeted for the current school year using a 23-year-old state finance formula allocating money on a per-pupil basis. Instead, a block grant formula conceived by former Gov. Sam Brownback replaced the traditional finance formula, reducing funding those districts expected for the 2015-16 and 2016-17 school years. For Central Plains, that meant losing $500,000 over the two-year period despite an enrollment increase.

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