Vote to increase school funding gives USD 259 new goals

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The vote out of Topeka to increase school funding, has USD 259 board members talking. Mike Rodee is one of those members and also this year’s Board of Education President.

“This will help with new programs,” he explains. 

Rodee adds that this money has the potential to advance current student programs and help make room for new strategies. Like, the discussion to add new security measures to help parents feel more comfortable, when they drop their kids off at school.  

“The security issue that’s been brought up in the last months is something that’s important,” explained Rodee. “We’ve done well keeping our students safe inside buildings; I’m sure there’s other things that we can be doing.”  

The decision to increase school funding comes after years of heated debates and even lawsuits and while Rodee says he is excited about new possibilities, he also says he isn’t celebrating just yet. 

“There’s a lot to consider and we don’t know how much of that money is coming in WIchita,” he said. “We have cost of living increases just like everybody else; insurance, lights, gas, electric. Everything goes up every year and some of that money will cover those increases but at this point we don’t know how much that is.”

Rodee tells KSN that those numbers impact their overall logistic planning. 

“It’s really hard to say what’s left for staff, building maintenance and other things that we have to deal with,” he explains.  

However, Rodee says when the dust settles, any amount of money will be a help to implementing new resources for students. 

“Looking at new programs to help kids with social emotional needs that we’re not addressing.”

The President’s board was happy to tell KSN that after 20 years, USD 259 will hold their first strategic planning meeting. Here they will address achievement goals and staff direction. 

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