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Possible cuts to Mo. education funding worry Heartland superintendents


The superintendent at Puxico schools says if lawmakers override Governor Nixon's veto of a bill that calls for cuts to education, funding his district will take a hit.

"We are looking at anywhere from $350,000 up to $570,000 (in cuts)," Kyle Dare said. "Pretty significant cut from our state funds."

The superintendent at Jackson schools says the biggest possible cut to his district is more than $2 million.

According to the governor's office, Nixon vetoed House Bill 253. Now, there is a chance that the House and Senate will override the veto during the veto session in mid-September.

Speaker of the House Tim Jones says the superintendents' worry is unfounded. He says the bill is actually a good thing for Missouri schools.

"There will be no negative impact on education," said Jones. "In fact, the only impact on education will be a positive one if the veto is overridden, because this bill takes the current state budget which is the largest ever at $24.7 billion. When the budget increases even further, some of that revenue will go into general revenue, and education has been a priority for the Missouri House."

Despite his assurances, superintendents are concerned. Dare says small districts will feel these cuts the deepest.

"Bigger districts get more local finds than they do state funds," Dare said. "A lot of the smaller districts, especially in southeast Missouri, get a substantial amount of state and federal funds. So, a cut there takes a little heavier hit for some of us."

Dare says if the cuts take effect, they'll be looking for places to save money.

"We can ride the storm for a little while but when you're getting into numbers of that size you're getting into personnel," Dare said. "That's our biggest expense and if we have to cut majorly, it would be personnel of some sort."

An override of the governor's veto would take 2/3 vote of the Senate and House. Until then, superintendents say they're just waiting.

"Probably our biggest issue right now is the uncertainty and not knowing," Dare said. "It's very difficult to plan how to proceed."

To view the list of how these cuts could affect your child's district, click here.

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