School Loses Funding

By: Matt Barbour Email
By: Matt Barbour Email

As school systems across the state face budget issues, officials with one Eastern Kentucky school system came together today to approve its draft budget.

With a January 30th deadline, Perry County school board members held a special meeting Thursday to approve its 2009-2010 draft budget. In order to make up for nearly $700,000 to meet the state's two percent contingency requirements, the board voted to stop funding Lost Creek Elementary school.

“Voting to not fund a school is always a last resort of a board of education because that's a tough decision to make, it's tough on all of us,” said Superintendent John Paul Amis.

The decision left some scratching their heads, as Representative Brandon Smith says he allocated coal severance money to help the school system.

“I think the confusion was that this money that I got them, 300,000, could be spent for any sort of maintenance or improvement across their grid. And I left it very vague, so they could just the money as they needed it,” he said.

However school officials say they could not put that money towards lost creek.

“Coal severance money can only be utilized by the school system for projects that are not re-occurring expenses,” said Jody Maggard, Financial Officer for Perry County Schools.

He says Lost Creek Elementary is costing the school system $300,000 a year to operate.

“It's very disappointing for the students and parents here at Lost Creek Elementary, but we understand that there's a financial crisis going on nationwide right now,” said Principal Lisa Weist.

Board members still have to make an official decision about closing the school at their next board meeting. That decision will be made at the next board meeting, February 19th.

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  • by Ronda Location: Lost Creek on Feb 1, 2009 at 10:46 AM
    I went to Lost Creek Elementary and received a very good education. I think it is sad when we lose a school such as this, where teachers really care about the education your children receive. Ky needs more teachers like Ronnie Allen, Joyce Jones, or Mary Jones ( to name a few). I hope the children of Lost Creek will get the proper education they need.
  • by Diane Location: Mt.Sterling on Jan 31, 2009 at 10:21 AM
    Maybe they can use some of the $350,000,000 in the stimulus bill that they have allocated for the reduction of Sexually Transmitted Diseases. Or if they ever find the $700,000,000 the Department of Education could NOT account for during it's audit. Then everyone would have all the money they need. Just remember liberals, you won't be able to blame Bush forever.
  • by Sad Day Location: Perry county on Jan 31, 2009 at 07:44 AM
    I realize that the closing may be necessary but the way it was done was not necessary. No one had a clue that it was coming. You hear in years past about the possibility but it never happened. The students, staff, and parents could have be met with and presented with the reasons and allowed do voice their opinions in a town meeting format. When officials ignore the very people whose taxes pay their salaries, elections tend to not go the way the officials want them too. It's bad public relations and all of this could have been avoided. The system has alot of good students (award winning), good teachers ( caring and award winning), staff ( caring), parents (loving and caring)at Lost Creek Elementary. All have worked hard at helping the board with expenses. None of them deserved to be ignored and uninformed. Such a simple act of concern for feelings could have made this much easier on everyone involved. Education is not just numbers, it's about children and the entire community.
  • by liberals are ignorant on Jan 30, 2009 at 07:37 PM
    Hey schools are liberal ran institutions they spend billions and it still is not enough. Don't blame republicans look how smart people are they voted obama that ain't saying much.
  • by student at lost creek Location: perry co. on Jan 30, 2009 at 03:59 PM
    I have went to lost creek for a little while.Its one of the best schools i have ever went to.At lost creek i dont half to worrie about being bulled or not getting the education i need.The teachers and the principal at lost creek make sure no child is left behind.I really dont want to see lost creek close down i no it takes a lot of money to keep us up but i think its worth it.I really wish they would keep lost creek open for at least one or two more years.We all under stand if they cant though.
  • by hank on Jan 30, 2009 at 03:29 PM
    Maggard is wrong. Coal sev money can be used for recurring expenses, if the money was line-itemed during the 08 budget.
  • by Leslie on Jan 30, 2009 at 07:14 AM
    How about a little blame being thrown at state government instead pointing the finger at the republicans in Washington for everything. State government officials says where coal severence money goes. It in part funds our schools and mantains our roads. Have you driven anywhere in Knott or Perry county lately? You'll lose your car in a pothole. Our governor just held a meeting at the Hal Rogers Center a few months ago trying to explain why they should take more coal severence money to Frankfort. Meanwhile our children have to worry if their school is going to be closed.
  • by Jason on Jan 30, 2009 at 04:13 AM
    Another Bush/republican failure, that is they have FAILED to fund basic education, I will be glad to see Bunning go also.
  • by Stella on Jan 30, 2009 at 04:04 AM
    thanks Bush, McConnel and Rogers.
  • by Parent at Lost Creek Location: perry co on Jan 30, 2009 at 03:10 AM
    I think we really know what the problem is here, if we had got him out of office when we could. If the school money was not going to pay for the cars that they drive home, this just means more money for them. If repair was not being made to the schools that do not need them maybe this school could stay open. Someone needs to look at the real problem here.
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