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The Brandon Valley School District has seen larger class sizes since the 2011 state aid reduction.
Harrisburg Superintendent Jim Holbeck said a move from 3 percent to 3.8 percent would reduce how much his district dips into reserves to pay for its $16.5 million general operating budget.
Rep. Jacqueline Sly, R Rapid City, chairwoman of the study committee, said she will promote the panel's proposed 3.8 percent increase to put spending back to $4,805. Going from 3 percent to 3.8 percent would cost the state about $5.3 million, and Sly said schools will compete with other programs for available money.
"We certainly know the schools have been hit hard when we did the cuts," Sly said.
should get $4,700 per student. Daugaard's budget calls for $4,765. The school groups want another $40 per pupil on top of that.
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Senate Education Committee chairwoman Deb Soholt, R Sioux Falls, wasn't so sure.
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In the years since, state aid has risen by the required inflation rate, with the Legislature sometimes adding extra one time money. Daugaard said the state can go above inflation with its K 12 funding increase this year because a one time state revenue windfall can be used to pay off some state obligations early, freeing up future revenues.
"We've trimmed it back as much as we can," he said. "Obviously, anything we can get is going to be helpful."
"It's very hard to make the budget work when we'd get less money next year than we did five years ago," Sittig said. "For us, it's a little hard to understand why our funding can't be back to at least where it was before."
School superintendents appreciate Gov. Dennis Daugaard's proposal to boost school funding by 3 percent next year, but they also plan to ask the Legislature for a bit more.
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K 12 lobbying groups are backing a legislative study panel's recommendation that state aid to schools be increased by 3.8 percent. That would put per student state aid back where it was before budget cuts imposed in 2011, when a sluggish economy hurt state tax collections.
"Any additional ongoing funding for schools would be much appreciated," Superintendent David Pappone said. "Because we're a growing school district, some of our highest level needs are keeping up with staffing the district to keep class sizes low."
Beresford Superintendent Brian Field said his district has cut about $700,000 in staff expenses since 2005 06 and is using money that normally goes for equipment and buildings to supplement its general operating fund.
"We are very pleased and thankful the governor proposed 3 percent in the formula," Sioux Falls Superintendent Pam Homan said. "If additional dollars are available, we support the legislative summer study recommendation to return to the 2011 allocation of $4,805."
Baltic Superintendent Bob Sittig is tapping reserves as well as capital outlay to cover his general fund expenses.
Rep. Ray Ring, D Vermillion, and a member of the House Education Committee, said the state's comfortable budget situation means "the minimum we should do is try to get back up to where we were before those cuts."
Ongoing state aid was frozen in 2010 and then cut 8.6 percent in 2011 as part of Daugaard's plan to slash most state spending by 10 percent.
House Republican Leader David Lust of Rapid City said a 3 percent boost in school aid will get a lot of support in the legislative session that starts Tuesday, but he doesn't know yet whether lawmakers will consider a 3.8 percent increase.
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