Schools Still Need Funding

9 years 9 months 1 week ago March 01, 2007 Mar 1, 2007 Thursday, March 01 2007 Thursday, March 01, 2007 9:09:55 PM CST in News

"For several years now it has been difficult to develop the budget because we have not had the funding that we've needed," said Lynn Barnett of Columbia Public Schools. "Certainly we appreciate any funds that come our way."

A new funding formula will move more money from the Capitol to the classroom, but after lobbying, how far can those funds stretch?

Barnett says Columbia Public Schools could use an additional $15 to $20 million itself. When you take $39 million and divide it among 524 school districts, she says, the money just doesn't add up.

"That's not enough," she said. "That's not going to make a dent."

Rock Bridge High School Assistant Principal Kathy Ritter has some ideas.

"If there's a way that we could use some of the funds to help with teachers salaries that would be fantastic and with our facilities," she said.

The money may have to be spent before summer and that means it couldn't go to teacher salaries. In addition, the supplemental budget cut state money intended to buy medication for a flu pandemic, as well as payments for ethanol subsidies.

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