Andover among districts bracing for cuts

ANDOVER, Kansas – As state lawmakers continue to figure out how to fund public schools, districts across the state are already bracing for some tough times ahead. The same is true for one of the state’s wealthiest districts, USD 385 in Andover.

At Monday’s district board meeting in Andover, the school board approved several student fee increases. The largest includes more than doubling the cost for some students to ride the bus. The cost is going from $200 per family to $350 dollars per family. The cost for one student to ride the bus will go from $100 to $250 per year. Only families who live within 2.5 miles of the school are required to pay the fee.

Andover ranks in the top five for efficiency in the state. Other districts not as affluent as Andover will likely be hit even harder. Even in Andover, budget cuts and fee increases are necessary to keep bringing people to the city in search of good schools.

“In order to maintain that excellence, we have to have resources and with the projected revenue that’s coming up for the next school year it’s important for us to find ways to fund that,” said Director of Communication Nicole Gibbs.

The fee increases passed Monday by a 6 to 1 vote.

Andover officials say they are using a combination of increasing fees and other budget cuts to come with about $1,000,000 in savings for next school yea

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