Quantcast

Controversial school closing financially beneficial... - KOAM TV 7

Controversial school closing financially beneficial for two school districts

Updated:
WEIR, KANSAS -

by LISA OLLIGES

The controversial closing of an elementary school in Scammon, Kansas is paying off financially for both the school district that closed the facility, and a nearby school district.

The Columbus School District superintendent says more than 40 students left their district after they closed Scammon Elementary, taking state funding with them, but his district has still saved nearly $500,000.

Only about 20 students from Scammon chose to stay in the Columbus School District, attending classes in the community of Columbus.

"We were cut about $1 million from the state - it was something that had to be done to keep our district running - it probably saved us approximately $500,000 to $550,000," says Dr. David Carriger, Superintendent of USD 247 - Columbus.

The 42 students from Scammon who chose to go to the Weir Attendance Center was a windfall of around $280,000 for USD 247, a district that serves Cherokee, McCune and Weir.

"That new money  that came did allow us to bring on a new full-time PE teacher at each of our schools instead of having to split an itinerant teacher, so kids are getting more services in technology and phys ed," says Dr. Glenn Fortmayer, the USD 247 Superintendent.

The 4th and 5th grade levels at Weir saw the biggest boom in a district that had been on the decline.

Dr. Fortmayer calls it "a blessing" for the district.

"Our district was going through declining enrollment over the last three years," says Dr. Fortmayer.  "Those 42 kids alone off-set one of the years.  We were losing 40 kids a year so when we picked up 42 that balanced the previous years loss."

Dr. Fortmayer believes geography was the main reason many families chose his district.

"We're just a few miles from their current home location in Scammon and so it was a closer drive for them to come to us or bussing than it was to go to Columbus," says Dr. Fortmayer.  "Some of the parents were dissatisfied that the school was closed, so this was a voting with their feet type issue."

Kids say it helped that they did not make the change alone.

"Because I knew that I would be having friends I knew from Scammon over here, so I pretty much have friends at Weir," says Daniel Best, a 5th grade student.

Fourth grade student Jessica Humble says the transition was scary at first, but says she is adjusting.

"I made a lot of new friends and it's been fun," says Jessica.

Both the Columbus and Cherokee superintendents say more cuts in state aid are expected.  That could make it difficult to operate rural schools, which continue to see declining enrollments.

  • Local NewsMore>>

  • Odor Complaints Prompt Possible Class Action Suit; Joplin Urges Calls to DNR

    Odor Complaints Prompt Possible Class Action Suit; Joplin Urges Calls to DNR

    Monday, April 23 2018 7:34 PM EDT2018-04-23 23:34:00 GMT

              As the city of Joplin drafts an odor ordinance, a Neosho based law firm tries to drum up support for a class action lawsuit.         

    More >>

              As the city of Joplin drafts an odor ordinance, a Neosho based law firm tries to drum up support for a class action lawsuit.         

    More >>
  • Suspects Identified in 1999 Oklahoma Cold Case

    Suspects Identified in 1999 Oklahoma Cold Case

    Monday, April 23 2018 5:19 PM EDT2018-04-23 21:19:09 GMT

    April 23, 2018: A Fox affiliate in Tulsa, Fox 23, is reporting that one person is in custody related to the disappearance of Ashley Freeman and Lauria Bible. KOAM and FOX 14 will Facebook live stream a media conference that could bring new information about a 1999 cold case out of Welch, Oklahoma. Authorities plan to speak about the case today at 2:00 p.m. The case dealt with the murders of Danny and Kathy Freeman in December of 1999 and the disappearance of the couple's...

    More >>

    April 23, 2018: A Fox affiliate in Tulsa, Fox 23, is reporting that one person is in custody related to the disappearance of Ashley Freeman and Lauria Bible. KOAM and FOX 14 will Facebook live stream a media conference that could bring new information about a 1999 cold case out of Welch, Oklahoma. Authorities plan to speak about the case today at 2:00 p.m. The case dealt with the murders of Danny and Kathy Freeman in December of 1999 and the disappearance of the couple's...

    More >>
  • Police Search for Armed Robbery Suspect

    Police Search for Armed Robbery Suspect

    Monday, April 23 2018 12:01 PM EDT2018-04-23 16:01:57 GMT
    JPDJPD
    JPDJPD
    Joplin Police received a call about an armed robbery on Sunday just before 10:00 p.m. (April 22, 2018). An employee at Charlie's Chicken (2020E. 32nd Street) says she locked the business up and was walking to her vehicle when a male walked up to her in the parking lot. She said he pointed a handgun at her and demanded the night deposit bag. She gave the suspect the bag and says he ran to the southwest. Police officers could not find him. Authorities say the suspect is described as ...More >>
    Joplin Police received a call about an armed robbery on Sunday just before 10:00 p.m. (April 22, 2018). An employee at Charlie's Chicken (2020E. 32nd Street) says she locked the business up and was walking to her vehicle when a male walked up to her in the parking lot. She said he pointed a handgun at her and demanded the night deposit bag. She gave the suspect the bag and says he ran to the southwest. Police officers could not find him. Authorities say the suspect is described as ...More >>
Powered by Frankly

KOAM - Licensed to Pittsburg, Kansas
Send tips, ideas and press releases to: tips@koamtv.com
Send newsroom questions or comments to: comments@koamtv.com
Phone: (417) 624-0233 or (620) 231-0400
Web comments or questions: webmaster@koamtv.com
Newsroom Fax: (417) 624-3158

Powered by WorldNow All content © Copyright 2000 - 2018 KOAM. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.