In spite of fears to the contrary, most of the area’s schools will see an uptick in state aid for the 2018-19 academic year.
State aid was certified March 1, topping $1 billion for only the second time since 1990. The only other time state aid reached that amount was in 2010 when the tally included funding from the Federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and Education Job Funds. With the state facing a revenue shortfall and ever-increasing demands to address property taxes, local school districts were concerned that funding for next year would decline.
Instead, only two northern Panhandle schools will see a decrease. Gordon-Rushville and Sioux County both are slated to lose several thousand in state aid compared to this year. G-R will receive $45,115 in 2018-19, down more than $4,500 from the current year. Sioux County’s decrease is just over $3,400, as the district will receive just $7,224 in aid.
Chadron and Crawford will receive the largest increases in the northern Panhandle. Chadron is set to receive $4,261,374 in state aid, a hike of roughly $40,000. Crawford aid will jump more than $56,000 to $771,299.
Statewide, 135 districts will experience a loss of state aid, while 108 will see an increase. The total aid allotted is $1,000,414,197, an increase of .17 percent from the current year.