Archive for Thursday, August 4, 2005

School board delays its budget hearing

August 4, 2005

The Lansing School Board won't be having its official budget hearing next week, after all.

Superintendent Randall Bagby said Wednesday the board didn't meet all of the statutory notice requirements to conduct the hearing at its originally scheduled time, 6:30 p.m. Monday prior to the board's regular 7 p.m. monthly meeting in the Lansing Middle School Choir Room.

Instead, he said, board members on Monday will have a "budget discussion" during the time previously set aside for the public hearing. Then, they'll set a new date for a public hearing.

Bagby said the delay was necessitated by the Legislature's tardiness in firming up a school-finance formula. During a special summer legislative session, lawmakers put the finishing touches on the plan after a Kansas Supreme Court ruling found state funding of public schools didn't meet constitutional muster.

State law requires school districts to first publish a proposed budget at least 10 days before a public hearing is scheduled. Officials with the Lansing district, like many of their counterparts throughout Kansas, are continuing work on their budgets because of the late legislative approval of the school funding package.

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