While students are out on summer break, there is much work being done here at school. Our custodial and maintenance crew work throughout the summer. Also, secretaries and principals are still in the building getting things shut down for the year. The district office is open all summer long as we close out the current school year and open up the new budget year on July 1st each year.
The current state of affairs in Topeka is certainly a focal point for all schools across the state. As most Kansans know, the Kansas Supreme Court made a ruling in May that stated the legislature needed to fix part of the school funding package or schools may be shut down at the end of June. The Governor has now called for a special session to try and fix the school funding issue. However, there is no guarantee that the legislature will come to an agreement on this and pass any legislation that would please the courts. Therefore, we could be looking at an all out battle between the court and the legislature, schools could be shut down, or they can find a way to work together and get this thing fixed. No matter what happens, schools and children have been placed in the middle of a political battle and that is not good for anyone. If we have any further news, we will try to get it posted so that parents know what is going on.
I have received a few questions about how summer programs would be affected if schools were shut down. To be honest, we really do not know what the stipulations would actually be if schools were shut down. Our plan right now is to continue business as usual unless we are told other wise by the higher powers in the state. Hopefully it will not come to that and we can get back to normal soon.
Just a reminder that though we are ending one school year, parents will receive an enrollment packet in the mail later this summer. When you do receive the packet, please take time to check over all the information. If you come to enrollment with all the forms filled out, it will save you some time.
I do hope that everyone has a safe and fun summer and that you get some quality family time!!