March = Busy schedule and Spring Break
The month of March looks short due to the week of Spring Break where students do not have classes. However, the month is full of activities for all three schools. The month of March brings the start of track and tennis seasons, power lifting competitions, tryouts for various activities for next year, music festivals, kindergarten roundup, etc.... It is a very busy month with a reduced number of days due to the break in classes for the week of March 20th.
Things are still buzzing in Topeka during the month of March. The state legislature is still waiting on the Kansas Supreme Court to hand down their ruling on the adequacy of school funding. The legislature is also working on a tax plan to try and fill in the revenue hole at the state level. They are also working on a new school finance package which they are hopeful will be in place by this summer. If they do not come up with a new plan then the thought is that we will continue to work under the current "Block grant" system. There are many unanswered questions right now on taxes, revenue and school funding. These all cause major issues for schools across the state because we are trying to figure out staffing and funding for next year and we are not even sure what our funding will look like. It is a difficult process.
*****Inclement Weather - - Although I am hopeful that we are past the possible ice storms for the year, one of the worst snow storms in Kansas history happened in March. Therefore, we still have to consider the possibility of having snow and ice, even though we have seen temperatures in the 70's. Also, spring time can bring spring thunderstorms and possible tornadoes. We always compile all of the data we have from the various weather sources and make decisions based on that data to ensure student safety. However, our ability to out guess storms is only as good as our data and even then, Mother Nature seems to have a mind of her own. We do always try to make decisions based on child safety in any of these situations.