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Reduction in Aid Could Lead to Tax Increase for DCPS

dcps2 300OWENSBORO, Ky. (8/21/13) – An anticipated decrease in federal and state monies, such as the state-provided per-pupil funding SEEK rate, may mean a local tax increase for residents in the Daviess County School District. That was one of the topics of conversation at Tuesday’s Board of Education luncheon. Right now, DCPS has a rate of 61.2 percent, but the local rates might have to increase because of a decrease of federal funds. SEEK, the Support Education Excellence in Kentucky, a program providing funds to local school districts, is expected to decrease in the upcoming years. SEEK funds are expected to decrease approximately $1.1 million next year for Daviess County Public Schools. The board discussed that this amount will put them back nine years in funding amounts.
 
“We’re expected to buy education with 2006 prices,” said Matt Robbins, who gave the financial report.
 
Because federal funding is decreasing, the board discussed the possibility that they will have to proceed with staff reductions in areas such as special education.
 
An open position at Apollo High School was also discussed for a French II teacher for this year’s second and third trimesters. The former instructor, who taught both French and German, has since retired leaving French II classes without an instructor in the 2013-2014 school year. The position would pay up to $15,000 depending on rank and applicants.
 
David Humphrey gave the construction report. A little more than $320,000 was spent on a new roof for Apollo High School. A segment of Burns Middle School’s windows were restored for $900,000. Also, Highland Elementary’s boiler heating system was upgraded to a system that is 93 percent efficient. DCPS looks to upgrade Daviess County High School with the same system to replace their 75 percent efficient heater.
 
The next DCPS Board of Education meeting is scheduled for Thursday., Aug. 29 at 6 p.m.
 
Taylor Riley
SurfKY News

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