New state dollars from school funding reform are starting to trickle down to local school districts. Now, those districts are deciding how that money can be best used for their students.
The Ramsey School District is receiving almost $147-thousand in new state revenue for this school year. Ramsey Superintendent Melissa Ritter says this is the first time in her tenure as superintendent that the district isn’t dealing with state cuts.
In Nokomis, the school district is receiving just over $164-thousand in additional state funds this school year. Nokomis Superintendent Dr. Scott Doerr says they have hired two additional staff members for next school year, but there are still more decisions to be made.
Doerr says having additional dollars is a new issue for districts across the state, but it is a good problem to have.
Coming into this school year, the Ramsey School District was determined to be at 59 percent funding adequacy, while Nokomis was at 60 percent adequacy.