Archive for Thursday, May 13, 2004

Surprise’ expense irks superintendent

May 13, 2004

From one funding defeat comes another.

Fresh from having learned the Kansas Legislature failed to approve any funding increases for schools, news of a surprise expense wasn't exactly music to the ears for Basehor-Linwood School District officials.

During Monday night's school board meeting, superintendent Jill Hackett said the school district faces an additional bill of $73,000 to the Leavenworth County Special Education Cooperative, an organization which provides special education to the school district.

The special education cooperative provides special education teachers and aides to each of the six school districts in Leavenworth County. All of those school districts have been asked for more money so the co-op can make it through the end of the year, Hackett said.

The funds are needed due to mistakes made in accounting by the co-op, Hackett told board members.

"$73,000 is not just a small mistake," she said.

"I don't think any district in the co-op can afford those kind of mistakes."

Hackett said she continues to discuss the problem with the co-op, but that the end result may be that the school district is out money it hadn't budgeted.

"We very well may have an additional bill of $73,000," the superintendent said.

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