The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

October 22, 2013

Camanche approves supplemental aid

By Amy Kent Herald Staff Writer
The Clinton Herald

---- — CAMANCHE — Due to a negative fund balance, the Camanche School District will require supplemental aid to continue to provide the special education program for the 2013-14 school year.

At a Camanche School Board meeting Monday, Superintendent Tom Parker recommended to the board that a request for increased allowable growth be made in order to continue the special education program.

According to the Camanche School District business director Roxanne Aude, the school has continually struggled to fund the special education program and this is not the board's first time dealing with allowable growth and supplement aid funding.

"It's not anything new," Aude said. "We are given general programming money for all of our students and then if there is a need, students have a waiting that goes with the need that they need in education. The (general programming money) doesn't cover the cost of what it takes to educate those students."

The Camanche special education deficit is approximately $160,407, a 50-cent increase based on the school's valuation that changes each year.

For many Iowa schools allowable growth funds many programs that general programming money cannot support, and for Camanche, it is no different.

"We have done this in the past where we have recouped the money that we have spent on the special education needs of our students," Aude said. "And our recommendation is we do the same for this year."

Parker agreed that it is in the school's best interest to request the allowable growth and supplement aid for the remaining year, a decision that came reluctantly from the board, but unanimous none-the-less.

"It ties right into regaining this for our own spent balance and for our cash reserves," Parker said. "It makes sense to do that otherwise, as the name would indicate we'd be running at a $160,000 deficit, which we just assume avoid that."