RAMS CROSS COUNTRY TEAM WILL COMPETE AT STATE ON FRIDAY
The Pleasant Ridge High School RAMS Boy’s Cross Country team and Kristina Silvers will be competing in the Kansas 3A Cross Country State Meet this Friday. The meet will be held at Rim Rock Farms north of Lawrence. The 3A boy’s race will start at 11:30 a.m. and Kristina will compete at 1:00 p.m. with the rest of the 3A girls.
The boy’s team won the Regional Cross Country meet at Riley County last Saturday to qualify the entire team for state competition. Luke Oatney placed 2nd, Ronny Jarred, 10th, Tyler Darrow, 14th, Dayton Flack, 17th and Gabe Younger,19th, Clayton Price 26th and Noah Tattershall, 29th at the Regional meet. Kristina Silvers placed 8th overall among the girl competitors to qualify for the 3A State meet.
Congratulations to the RAMS Cross Country runners and their coaches Mr. Hendrix and Mr. Marsh. We encourage Pleasant Ridge fans to attend the State Cross Country Meet this Friday and support our Regional Boy’s Champions and Kristina Silvers.
2014-2015 Student Enrollment
September 22nd was the official enrollment count day for Kansas school districts. Enrollment count day is vitally important to school district because enrollment decides the school district’s General and Supplemental General (also known as the Local Option Budget or LOB) Funds budget authority for the year.
Easton’s enrollment declined a fourth consecutive year and fixed at 642 students. Last year’s enrollment was 674 students. During the past four years the number of students graduating from Pleasant Ridge High School is twice the number of students enrolled in Kindergarten. Easton’s enrollment declined between twenty to thirty students every year since the 2011 -2012 school year when 692 students were enrolled in the district.
The downward trend in school district’s enrollment may be attributable to a fewer number of people choosing to add children to their families due to the great recession. Considering that the percentage of children eligible for meal assistance doubled in our district the past seven years may give creditable weight why people are choosing not to have more children. Rural school districts are also experiencing a trend where parents are moving to other places to find work in urban areas and even out of the state.
At the same time the overall enrollment is declining the number of non-resident students enrolled in Easton has increased to 159 students. The non-resident student enrollment this year is the highest since records for non-resident students were recorded.
As the economy recovers from the recession, enrollment is expected to increase as the reasons for the decline in enrollment fade away. At some time in the future, the population in the area will increase and school enrollment will increase along with the increase in population.
Easton Board Approves 2014-2015 Budget
The Easton Board of Education approved the 2014-2015 budget on August 11, 2014. With approval of the budget, the board sanctioned a mill levy of 54.324 mills. This year’s mill levy reduces the mill levy nearly 2 mills compared to last year’s mill levy of 56.262 mills. The reduction in the mill levy will result in a tax savings of $22.26 for a person owning a $100,000 home.
The mill rate is comprised of levies for the general, supplemental general, capital outlay and bond and interest funds. The general fund mill levy is set by the State of Kansas at 20 mills for all school districts. Taxes collected for the general fund are collected by the County Treasurer and deposited with the Treasurer for the State of Kansas. The other funds mill levies are determined by the amount of money necessary to fund the budgets based on the assessed valuation of the school district.
The mill levies for the 2014-2015 school year are,
|Supplemental General Fund||18.806|
|Capital Outlay Fund||5.000|
|Bond and Interest Fund||10.518|
Property values are established annually and school districts receive from the County Clerk assessed valuations in June. There is one assessed valuation for the general fund and a different valuation for the other funds. The general fund assessed valuation for the Easton School District declined slightly this year from the previous year and the assessed valuation for the other funds increased a small amount. Generally speaking, as the district’s assessed valuation increases the mill levy decreases.
Based on the State of Kansas School Finance Law some school districts receive state aid based on the wealth of the school district. Since Easton is below the state average for wealth the State of Kansas provides the district 39 percent of our budget requirement for the capital outlay and bond and interest funds and local taxpayers finance the remainder through property taxes. The State of Kansas pays 55 percent of the district’s revenue needs for the supplemental general fund and local taxpayers the remaining 45 percent.
The bond and interest fund finances the principal and interest payments on the bonds for the construction of the Pleasant Ridge Elementary School and the recent addition of thirteen classrooms to the school. Capital outlay money can be used for the purpose of acquiring property, construction, repair, remodeling, maintaining and equipping school district property and equipment, computer software, school buses and other school district vehicles.
If you have questions about the budget, please contact Mr. Charles Coblentz, Superintendent ofSchools at 913-651-9740.
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