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From the superintendent's desk...

October 6, 2017

The Supreme Court ruled that the current school finance formula, Senate Bill 19 which was developed and approved during the 2017 legislative session, is not constitutional based on both the adequacy and equity standard. That means the Court has interpreted the law to mean that there is not enough money provided in Senate Bill 19 to provide a suitable education for all students and the money is not allocated equitably.  

The Supreme Court issued a stay on Senate Bill 19 meaning that all school districts in Kansas will operate on this funding formula for the remainder of the 2017-18 fiscal year which will end on June 30, 2018.  The legislature will need to remedy the deficiencies in this formula by that time in order for schools to continue normal operations after June 30.  According to the language used in the ruling, it seems evident that the Kansas Supreme Court expects the legislature to address the adequacy and equity concern by the deadline and that the Court's patience is running thin after years of school finance debates and lawsuits.

For our school district and others around the state, we will continue to live with some uncertainty about the future of school funding in our state.  The coming legislative session will once again be critical, and it seems from its ruling the Court will not compromise anymore.  The difficult job of the Legislature is how to meet the constitutional obligations according to the standard in the ruling while balancing a desire to keep tax rates as low as possible.  Our district leadership will be paying close attention to the work being done by the legislature between now and June 30, 2018.

As always, if you have any questions or thoughts about this topic or any other matter related to Hesston schools, please do not hesitate to contact me.  Our office number is 620-327-4931 and my email address is ben.proctor@usd460.org.

Respectfully,

Ben Proctor
superintendent

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USD 460 is committed to a model of continuous improvement and growth.  This is best illustrated by our District Improvement Framework which is a one page visual that includes the following components:

- Student Success Outcomes
- Shared Purpose
- Indicators of Success
- Building, School, and District Practices
- District Pillars

This improvement framework is still in draft form.  Our staff continues to develop our vision and work is currently ongoing with the Board of Education and other stakeholder groups in our community including our Parent Advisory Team which is open to any parent/guardian of a k-12 student in USD 460.

Ultimately, we want to further develop our focus on giving every single child every opportunity to become the very best of which he or she is capable.  To make that more than just words on a page is our challenge, and we have many of the foundational elements in place to ensure we are progressing towards success in each of our classrooms, across our buildings, and throughout our entire district.

We are still about six months away from taking our draft form of this District Improvement Framework to making it a formal vision for our district.  So, there is an opportunity for feedback and analysis of our goals and plan.  As is always the case, please contact me anytime should you have any questions or thoughts about this topic or anything we do as a school district in Hesston.

Respectfully,

Ben Proctor
Superintendent