Student Enrollment in USD 509
|Active Students Per Grade|
|as of March 1, 2017|
|Total Students K-12||195||97||98|
|Total Students with PreSchool||211|
How Would the Governor's Budget Proposal Affect USD 509?
As part of his budget proposal for the coming fiscal year, the governor has proposed putting all 286 school districts health plans into a state employee health plan and requiring districts to purchase food, fuel, technology and maintenance through centralized purchasing at the state level.
The governor believes consolidating health plans will save administrative costs and expenses for the school districts. He is forecasting a saving of $40 million next school year (which is part of a fiscal year) and $80 million the following year. A state health insurance pool for education is one of the proposals in the efficiency study commissioned last year by the legislature.
Last year, the legislators introduced a bill but did not pass a school district purchasing proposal. The governor is revisiting this citing a saving of $7 million the first year and $9 million the next. The details of how the centralized purchasing would work and whether it would extend to routine maintenance (changing a light bulb for example!) have not been revealed.
If these proposals become law, the school district's general fund will be reduced by the amount of the projected savings to the district. The rationale for this is that if the state is helping us be more efficient we do not need the funds. How much our general funds will be reduced has not been revealed. In the past, schools have made efforts to become more efficient and we have been able to divert 'saved' money to the classroom. With this proposal, the 'saved' money will stay in Topeka.
If the health plan and central purchasing plan don't save the expected amount, our budgets will still be cut as part of efforts to address the revenue shortfall.
USD509 tries to buy locally where possible, so not only are we concerned about the effect on our school general fund budget, but we are worried that our local businesses/suppliers will be especially affected by the central purchasing plan.
We will be keeping our district patrons apprised of the actions of the legislature throughout this session. The contact information for our representative, Anita Judd-Jenkins, and our senator, Larry Alley, are found at the bottom of the homepage if you wish to contact them about these proposals.