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Masterson suggests district is playing politics

First, Senate Ways and Means Committee Chairman Ty Masterson, R-Andover, said that no school district should have to cut a planned expenditure because of the block-grant school funding bill. But report after report from districts throughout the state show that isn’t the case. Now he is questioning the motives behind a Topeka-area district’s decision to delay some maintenance projects because of funding cuts, the Topeka Capital-Journal reported. Masterson claimed that the Auburn-Washburn school district has enough money in reserves that it doesn’t need to delay the projects – “unless they wanted to do it, politically.” Not surprisingly, that didn’t go over well with district officials, who note that their reserve funds are there for a purpose, including emergency repairs and paying salaries until the next aid payment. “We don’t make decisions based on politics,” superintendent Brenda Dietrich said. “We make decisions based on the best interests of our students and the responsible operation of the district.” – Phillip Brownlee