An increase in weighted enrollment at Skyline will result in more funding for the district.

By Gale Rose

The weighted enrollment at Skyline has increased 7.5 students. For USD 438, that means they could receive an estimated additional $30,000 could be coming to Skyline than was planned in the budget. The final numbers will be out toward the end of April, said Skyline Superintendent Becca Flowers.

Flowers said their budget estimate was very close and the audit confirmed it. But the increase in weighted enrollment will mean more state funds available for Skyline.

The Kansas State Department of Education audit results revealing the increase was presented to the Board of Education at their regular monthly meeting March 12.

While spring is still five days away, preparations for summer school are already under way. The district has invited 60 students to attend summer school classes. Contracts for four teachers would be extended to cover summer school hours.

Summer school starts around the end of May and will meet 2.5 hours in the morning, two times a week for 10 weeks. Depending on they number of students that attend, all the spots are currently filled, Flowers said.

The Kansas Legislature hasn't moved much on the state education funding issue but they are about to get very busy. The Legislature hired Lori Taylor, a professor and researcher from Texas A&M to conduct a study on how much money it would take to comply with the Kansas Supreme Court requirements. That study is due out March 15 and the Legislature is expected to work faster on the funding issue when the study is released, Flowers said.

Work is progressing on the Kansas Education Systems Accreditation redesign for education. Skyline has four team leaders and the entire staff has been invited to provide input to help improve the education system at Skyline.

In his monthly report, High School Principal Herb McPherson said that state testing was underway and a lot of students were going out for track.

As part of the rotation of vehicles at Skyline, the Board approved the purchase of a 10-passenger Ford Transit from Lanterman Motors for $28,000. It will take from 12 to 14 weeks for the Transit to arrive.

The district also purchased a 2017 Chevrolet Malibu for $17,000. The facilities committee approved the purchase. Since the purchase price was less than $20,000, the Board did not have to approve the purchase.

The Board approved the following actions:

Two year contracts were approved for Superintendent Becca Flowers and Middle School/High School Principal Herb McPherson.

A contract was approved for Zeke McPherson for middle school, high school language arts teacher.

Accepted the resignation of Trent Befort as middle school head football coach.