In January, the
The dollar amounts are adjusted for a variety of factors, two of the key factors being changes in enrollment during the first nine weeks of the school year and changes in local tax revenues.
With that in mind, Terry felt good when
In fiscal year 2012-13,
"We were up in the adjustments, not much, but we were up just a little and we're being very positive about that," Terry said. "It means our tax base is solid and it means we've reached the point in the last two and a half years where our enrollment has been steady.
"We feel really good about that."
However, Terry noted, in the long run the midyear adjustment "is still the same money we had in 2008, and all of our expenses keep rising. So the increase sends a mixed message."
Among factors keeping Terry "cautiously optimistic" is the flexible benefit system that covers insurance for certified and non-certified staff. He's also concerned about the new legislative session that began this week and what school districts can expect in funding.
"This year," Terry said, "the legislature already has to work with a negative (in school funding), and are they going to take some of that away?"
The potential for funding decreases has educators statewide on edge and helps explain why Terry tempers his reaction to the small increase of the midyear adjustment.
He did suggest one source of revenue that's available but which the legislature seems loathe to consider.
"I hate to sound like I'm not grateful for the midyear funds, it's just we had hoped to get more of an increase. We need it and (the legislature) has got it, but won't give it to education," he said.
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