• School board praised, impact aid discussed

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  • Katie Peterson | Staff Writer
    The Unified School District 207 School Board meeting was Jan. 23 in the USD 207 Annex.
    As part of Board of Education Appreciation Month, board members Myron Griswold, president; Marianne Eldridge, vice president; and Lt. Col. Pat Schoof were presented with tokens of appreciation from each of the schools, including candles and student art projects.
    “I don’t know if it’s said enough from our administrative team, our district and this community how important the board of education is to the district,” said Superintendent Keith Mispagel. “We have an opportunity as leaders to make sure what we do on a daily basis is for kids, and it’s emulated from you three and knowing that you’ve given us the full opportunity to do what’s best. I couldn’t be more thankful to work with the three of you and for allowing us to do great things for kids.”
    All three board members said they were grateful for the recognition.
    “It’s great to be a member of the school board for this wonderful district that has such a great tradition and history and continues to do great things,” Griswold said. “It improves each and every day (and) that’s one of the most important things. I consider it a labor of love.”
    After the presentation, Mispagel presented his report, which included an update on Kansas Day activities. Kansas Day is 8:30 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. Jan. 29 at the Patton Junior High School Gym. Currently, more than 20 vendors are scheduled to participate.
    Mispagel also updated board members on the development of the district’s calendar for the 2018-2019 schoolyear. An official draft will be proposed at the February meeting.
    Finally, Mispagel updated board members on impact aid, the issues and the result of the recent Military Impacted Schools Association and National Association of Federal Impacted Schools Conference. Impact aid is the money provided to the district because USD 207 is on federal property and does not have a tax base like most public schools. This funding is how the new MacArthur Elementary and the new workout facilities at the schools were built.
    Districts under impact aid must raise all funds for new facilities by time of completion.
    Two weeks ago, Mispagel traveled to California for an impact aid meeting, which focused on the discussion of B2.
    “B2 (under Title 7 of the Every Student Succeeds Act 7003-B2) is the basics of impact aid money because we’re a heavily impacted district on federal property,” Mispagel said.
    At the recent meeting in California, Mispagel said certain land districts were upset with the funding of B2.
    Page 2 of 2 - “A new school district came in. There’s criteria of how you’re eligible for B2 funding,” Mispagel said. “They came in for potentially nearly $20 million a year. That new district coming into the program takes $20 million away from the whole program. We would have lost money as would have the other districts.”
    Mispagel said that the frustrations will be further addressed at the spring meeting in March and until then, no changes can be made.
    In other news, USD 207 will have early dismissal at 1 p.m. April 26 for the Patton home track meet. It was not included on the official district calendar because of the uncertainty of the date.
    For a full overview of the meeting and the minutes, visit www.boarddocs.com/ks/usd207/Board.nsf/Public.
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