Voters reject bond levy increase; East Newton Schools say it'll - KOAM TV 7

Voters reject bond levy increase; East Newton Schools say it'll make more cuts


After residents reject a bond levy increase on Tuesday East Newton School District says it will make cuts due to shrinking enrollment.

Voters said no to a levy ceiling increase and the school district is already dealing with financial losses with the state funding formula at just 92%.  Plus, they've lost 142 students this year alone.  That's 10% of the student population and means the loss more than $300,000 in funding.

East Newton R-6 Superintendent Todd McCrackin says the election outcome was disappointing because the district has stretched dollars even before going to voters with a levy increase.

"We've had custodians, bus drivers, and teachers and administrators retire and or leave and go to other districts and we have not replaced them," says Superintendent McCrackin.  "We've shuffled students around and job duties."

This year two retiring teachers will not be replaced.  The principal of the elementary will take over duties for students through 8th grade, doubling the number of staff and students she supervises.

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