Title I budget expected to fall short

Milaca Elementary School Principal Steve Voshell reported to the Milaca School Board on Monday, June 16, that the Title I program could potentially be $50,000 short of its needed funding.
The federal government cut funding to the state, which in turn had to cut around the state, which included Milaca. According to Voshell, the proposed cut is based on preliminary numbers and could change in the final assessment, which probably won’t be out until after the school year has started next fall.
Milaca was involved in the projected cut in part because numbers dropped dramatically in the free and reduced-price lunch program, which is an indicator for funding, according to Voshell.
The loss of money could mean the loss of a staff member and potentially the number of students who can participate in the Title I program.
“If we want to serve the kids that need the service, we have to deal with this issue as a board,” School Board Member Jeff Larson said.
He and the board proposed and agreed that the school should come up with a solution on how to save the program, as is, if the funding comes up short. The board asked Voshell to think of potential solutions and come back in August, so that the board can approve the needed changes before the school year.

August board   meeting date changed
At the June 16 board meeting, Milaca Superintendent Jerry Hansen’s proposal to change the date of the August school board meeting was approved.
The meeting was moved from Aug. 18 to Wednesday, Aug. 13.

Parent survey    discussed
A survey sent out via email to school parents by the district was discussed at the June 16 board meeting. Hansen explained that more than 2,000 emails went out to parents of children in the district and about 1,185 of those emails were received by the parents – misspelled or outdated email addresses likely accounted for the rest. Of those 1,185, 119 responded with answers to the survey. The survey contained questions pertaining to the way parents get information on school events and notifications.
The survey was also sent out in 2010, and trends in the results differed between the two years.
In 2010, more parents answered that they received news via local media, where as now most said they did via the school website or Facebook page.

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