377 District Vision
To become a model rural community school district.
377 District Mission
A community school district founded on student achievement through academic excellence and educational opportunity to ensure personal success.
377 District Mantra
We are Atchison County, Champions of Excellence and Opportunity.
377 Five Pillars/Core Values
Community - Excellence - Opportunity - Success - Integrity
Kansas Supreme Court Rules School Funding Formula not Equitable – Legislature Ends Session Without Taking Action
June 2, 2016 ~ The Kansas Supreme Court ruled last week that the state Legislature has not met constitutional requirements of equity in funding among school districts in the state.
The Court determined that while the legislature cured the unconstitutional inequities in capital outlay, it failed to fix the LOB inequities found to exist. The Legislature’s solution of applying capital outlay aid formula to LOB is not only unconstitutional but caused the inequality among districts to worsen.
The Legislature has until June 30th to fix the problem or risk schools being shut down on July 1st. That could prove to be quite a challenge now that the legislators have left Topeka without taking action on the school funding dilemma.
To make matters worse, on Wednesday it was announced that May revenues fell short of projections by $74.5 million.
With less than a month left in the fiscal year, the ball is now in Governor Brownback’s court. The obvious move would be for the governor to call the legislature back to Topeka to work out a solution that meets the Court’s approval.
Over the next few weeks, we will continue to monitor the situation in Topeka and provide the most up to date and relevant information available. At the same time, we will plan accordingly for what could be a first-ever state wide school shutdown. For the sake of our students, teachers, parents, and communities across Kansas, let’s hope it never gets to that point.
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