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.