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Schools face challenges as funds decrease

Posted on Tuesday, March 7, 2017 at 3:00 pm

Proposed cuts to the state’s transportation reimbursement program for schools may have been staved by a one-time cash windfall of $11 million, but Pike County area school administrators are still trying to piece together budgets that cover the gap left by dwindling state reimbursements.
According to calculations of the Bowling Green Times, Pike County area school districts are operating annually without as much as $1.3 million in yearly transportation funds.
This all started when during the 2009-2010 school year, then Missouri Governor Jay Nixon made the initial cut to the state’s transportation reimbursement. According to a news release from that time, the cuts were made to counter-act the corporate tax cuts that the Missouri General Assembly had passed during the legislative session.

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