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News from Mrs. Davis Superintendent

              

 The school year seems to be moving along very fast.  Elementary Parent Teachers Conferences will be this Thursday evening from 4-8 PM and Friday from 8 to noon.  Pre-K through 6th grade does not have school on Friday, February 1.  President’s Day (February 18th) is set aside as a teacher PLC day also.  

Below is a spreadsheet that shows how our school district has received $973,897.14 less in state aid during this current school year than they did in 2007-2008.  This is because of the way that the state aid formula is calculated.  More and more of the state aid dollars are shifting away from rural schools and going to urban schools.  The loss in equalization aid monies is a direct result of the decline in total state aid dollars.

Year

NET OPTION FUNDING

ADDITIONAL FORMS OF AID

EQUALIZATION AID

TOTAL STATE  AID CALCULATED

2007-2008

 $      740,309.58

 $    39,778.37

 $  1,585,521.19

 $    2,365,609.14

2008-2009

 $      764,577.26

 $  175,500.44

 $  1,275,542.80

 $    2,215,620.50

2009-2010

 $      744,201.44

 $  233,970.47

 $  1,135,260.27

 $    2,113,432.18

2010-2011

 $      776,504.25

 $    42,085.76

 $  1,378,684.35

 $    2,197,274.36

2011-2012

 $      816,607.30

 $    41,818.97

 $      666,443.67

 $    1,524,869.94

2012-2013

 $      869,618.33

 $    45,805.53

 $      762,862.86

 $    1,678,286.72

2013-2014

 $      935,863.47

 $    78,315.41

 $      456,171.47

 $    1,470,350.35

2014-2015

 $  1,068,676.52

 $    66,469.17

 $      405,605.42

 $    1,540,751.11

2015-2016

 $  1,116,511.49

 $    53,921.65

 $                       -  

 $    1,170,433.14

2016-2017

$  1,227,213.00

   

$     1,227,213.00

2017-2018

$  1,357,394.00

$    34,396.00

 

$     1,391,712.00

     

Total amount of state aid reduction 2007-2018

 $ (973,897.14)

What does this mean? Our 2017-2018 valuation in our district is $554,025,469. If HPS were receiving the difference (973,897.14) in the amount of state aid that we received in 2007-2008 our levy this year would be roughly 17.5 cents lower.    There are many ideas on how to reduce property tax.  Balancing out TEOSSA (state aid formula) to the original concept of 1/3 property tax, 1/3 sales tax and 1/3 income tax would be a great start.

I want to encourage all parents to listen to their phone messages in regard to weather related school closings.  If you have any changes in your phone numbers, please contact your respective office to get them updated.  Postings will also be made to traditional media outlets and on social media as well.  We try to make the decision the night before whether to have a late start or close school, but sometimes that is not possible as weather can change really fast.  We always keep in mind the safety of students in making all of our weather related school decisions.  It is up to you as to whether you want to have your child attend school on a snowy day when we are still having school.

Let me know if I can ever be of assistance to you in anyway.   Have a great month!

Educationally,

Mrs. Jane Davis

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