County Superintendents Focus of Forum

County school superintendents were the focal point of the third Eggs & Issues on Feb. 9. They fielded questions from the audience on a variety of topics.

Oskaloosa Community School Superintendent Paula Wright and North Mahaska Superintendent Angela Livezey were the key speakers. Oskaloosa school board members Shelly Herr and Carl Drost and North Mahaska’s Dirk Wilken were also on stage. Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds has proposed a 2.3 percent amount for the school Supplemental State Assistance, funding that is crucial to budgeting for the next school year, which begins July 1.

“Right now the governors proposed 2.3 percent SSA — supplemental state assistance. And what that is, is an increase in the amount of money a school district gets per pupil,” said Wright. She said her district is down about 30 students with an enrollment for this year of 2,328.

“For us at North Mahaska right now, a 2.3 percent SSA would mean $252,000 approximately,” said Livezey. “Because our enrollment is declining as well. We’re fortunate enough to have an increase in served students because of enrollment, that helps us with being able to capture those open enrollment dollars,” she said.

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