The McPherson superintendent discussed four options that could replace the state’s school financial formula at the McPherson school board meeting Monday.


The McPherson superintendent discussed four options that could replace the state’s school financial formula at the McPherson school board meeting Monday.
Superintendent Dr. Randy Watson discussed formulas proposed by the governor’s office to the Kansas Association of School Boards. The options are being considered by the KASB and will eventually go to the legislature.
Watson explained the four options. The first would be to lower the state mill levy by five to 10 mills. The second would be to take the cap off of local property taxes. The third would be to offer competitive state grants. The fourth option would be a county sales tax that would be sent to Topeka and redistributed to local school districts across the state.
If passed, the fourth formula could mean more funds for poorer districts in the future.
Watson said the driving force for these changes is the state's inability to fund the existing formula. The board will continue to discuss these changes.
In other business:
• The board discussed the 5-year capital outlay plan, which is currently at eight mills. A possible resolution will be brought in late November following a waiting period. If no sufficient protests are made, the resolution will be made for the 2012 fiscal year.
• With a 4-1 vote, the board approved to waive policy and approve the local bid from Wallace Chevrolet for $34,088 and reject the state bid regarding a 9-passenger Chevy Suburban.
• The board accepted district fiscal audit recommendations and audits by Scot Loyd of Swindoll, Janzen, Hawk and Loyd.
• The board accepted a ommendations and audits by Scot Loyd of Swindoll, Janzen, Hawk and Loyd.
• The board accepted a request from James Munsey, McPherson High School special education teacher, to support their partnership with Cartridge King that involves recycling printer cartridges. This will provide a work study position as well as act as a fundraiser.

• The board approved $210 in gifts from the Travis Buck Memorial, which will go to the MHS music department
• The board approved $1,087.05 in gifts from Home State Bank, which will go to the MHS personal finance class.
• Following a retreat focused on C3 discussion, the board opened members and attendees to comment on the goals and direction of the initiative. No motion was taken due to two absent members.
• The board approved the motion to move its breakfast with STUCO to 7 a.m. on Nov. 2.