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Nov 26, 2013 at 8:54 am


Grand forks school officials are keeping a watchful eye on impact aid funding again this year.   The federal money is designed to help school districts educate students at military bases.    Last year funding was trimmed from 100-percent levels to 70-percent -- plus a five-percent cut due to sequestration.    The lack of federal support was one of the reasons cited by the district for the budget shortfall heading into the 2013-14 school year.   when compiling the current budget school officials used the 70-percent funding model – or about two-and-a-half million dollars.    Superintendent larry nybladh says they’ve now been told the initial payment will only be at 50-percent.    nybladh says he still believes congress will hit the 70-percent mark at some point in time but if not it could mean a loss in impact aid of 560-thousand dollars.   student enrollment on the grand forks air force base has dropped from one-thousand-574 in 1995 to 347 for the current school year.


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