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Impact of School Funding Legislation
Impact of School Funding Legislation

Derby Public Schools would like to inform you of discussion happening related to legislative action and court rulings that could directly impact summer programs within our district. When the Kansas State Supreme Court (KSSC) directed the state legislature to develop a new school finance program that provides adequate funding, they set a June 30, 2017 deadline.

As of June 15, 2017, there has been a new formula approved by both the full House and Senate that is now awaiting Governor Sam Brownback’s signature. If signed, the bill will then be reviewed by the KSSC. If the KSSC does not approve this formula, the June 30 deadline could result in action being taken by the courts. This action could mean a K-12 public school shutdown starting July 1, 2017 in the state of Kansas. This would affect not only the normal school year but also all of the summer programs offered by the school district, including Latchkey, Primetime, Extended School Year, the Summer Meal Program and any other programs related to students/patrons in our buildings or other facilities.

Pending the state supreme court’s decision, the tentative enrollment dates for the 2017-18 are listed below. More information on enrollment will be sent in the mail on July 10.
• Online Enrollment Opens for Returning and Pre-enrolled Students: July 17
• Elementary New Student On-Site Enrollment: July 24 8:00AM-3:00PM and July 25 12:00PM-7:00PM
• Middle School New Student On-Site Enrollment: July 25 7:30AM-4:30PM and July 26 10:00AM-7:00PM
• High School New Student On-Site Enrollment: August 1 10:00AM-6:30PM and August 2 9:00AM-4:00PM

While we are hopeful that a solution will be found prior to June 30, it is our responsibility to ensure our patrons are aware of the possibilities. We are working to address many situations, which at this time do not have clear answers. We will keep patrons informed, as we receive additional guidance and information.

Please monitor our website and our Social Media sites for updates. We will also send another e-mail via Skylert once we know more.   

Sincerely,

Craig Wilford, Superintendent of Schools

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