Being ‘rich’ costs Humboldt schools



August 11, 2016 - 12:00 AM

HUMBOLDT — “We are paying for moving from being a poor district to a rich district,” Kay Lewis, USD 258 superintendent of schools, said. 

The change of fortune, oddly enough, is putting more of a funding burden on local property owners because of the Kansas Supreme Court’s ruling that school funding was inequitable between rich and poor districts.

The state’s subsequent revamping of its school funding formula affects USD 258 because its assessed valuation was enriched by the new Enbridge pipeline crossing the district and the addition of a big pumping station southeast of Humboldt.

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