Mulvane schools approved for $139,320 in ‘exceptional needs’ funding

The State Finance Council on Monday approved $301,551 in “exceptional needs” funding requests from three school districts, including Mulvane, according to Gov. Sam Brownback’s office.

Mulvane, just south of Wichita, was approved to receive $139,320. The district had requested $447,772.

Two other districts receiving funds Monday were Garden City, which will get $134,048, and Twin Valley, which will get $28,183.

A new Kansas law repealing the school finance formula and imposing a block-grant approach for funding schools included a provision setting aside $4 million annually to address “exceptional needs.”

Districts can request additional funds to meet needs resulting from an extraordinary increase in enrollment, reduction in assessed valuation, reduction in revenue or other unforeseen circumstances that substantially impact the district’s general fund.

This was the second time the council, chaired by Brownback, met to review funding requests. Earlier this month, five school districts – Concordia, Lebo-Waverly, Louisburg, Skyline and Waconda – received $478,016 in additional funding.

On Monday, funding requests from Smith Center and South Lyon County were not approved.

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