Grafton Superintendent Jack Maus Monday evening explained the new
education funding bill to the school board.
Maus says it still pays by average daily membership.
Grafton will benefit from that if it holds its ADM. Maus says it does
increase the foundation aid payment. It'll be 8810-dollars per student next
year and 9110 the following year. But the bill does strip away a local
school district's property tax ability. Even the 60-mills retained go directly
to the state.
Maus is concerned about that. He says there is a loss of local
control. When the state assumes greater payment, they have greater say in
the part and the local school district has a lot less control over the mills and a
lot of things locally.
Maus says the local district can raise local property taxes but it's limited
Maus also tells KXPO a lot of this extra money is a transfer, not new money.
He says a lot of local money is transferred to Bismarck.
Maus says Grafton has 74 registered for kindergarten next fall. 65 graduate
this month so the net gain is nine students.
He thinks Grafton will at least maintain its enrollment or slightly increase it.