Emporia school board approves 2015 budget

USD 253 Emporia school board had quite a brief meeting Wednesday, and during so approved the 2014/15 budget.


A public budget hearing was held at the beginning of the meeting, and there was no public commentary offered. Assistant Superintendent for Business Operations Rob Scheib says the board feels confident with their budget, although there are some pros and cons.

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Scheib says at-risk funding for students who don't qualify for free or reduced lunch, but aren't proficient in assessments, has also been eliminated. The mil levy is "just a shade lower than last year," but is still 53 mils, according to Scheib. The supplemental general fund and capitol outlay fund have both been restored as well.

In other business, the board approved the acceptance of $500,000 in annual STREAM Grant project funds, and a memorandum of agreement for so-called concurrent enrollment between the district and Flint Hills Technical College.

The board also approved a $60,000 grant through the 21st Century Community Learning Center Continuation Grant for the upcoming school year. The grant, in its fifth and final year, will benefit Emporia Middle School.The board also reviewed more of the board policy and classified handbook.

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