In previous communications, radio discussions, State of the School presentations, and various community presentations over the past two years we have communicated the impending need for an opt-out in the Yankton School District.
We also provided input and discussion opportunities from the public during our “Forward 2024” Strategic Plan this past school year regarding an opt-out for the Yankton School District.
School funding continues to challenge schools across our state, including the Yankton School District. You are encouraged and welcome to become involved throughout this very important process.
Dr. Kindle, YSD superintendent, and Mr. Jason Bietz, YSD business manager, will present factual information in educating the public and parents regarding an opt-out on the following dates:
• Oct. 30 — Yankton High School Theater, 6 p.m.
• Nov. 13 — Webster Elementary Gym, 6-7 p.m.
• Nov. 19 — Beadle Elementary Gym, 6-7 p.m.
• Dec. 3 — Stewart Elementary Lunchroom, 6-7 p.m.
• Dec. 4 — Lincoln Elementary Gym, 6-7 p.m.
• Dec. 11 — YMS Theater, 6-7 p.m.
• Dec. 18 — YHS Theater, 6-7 p.m.
NOTE: These meetings are all open to the public and parents are encouraged to attend.
School Finance 101: School Funding Sources and Uses
• General Fund
The General Fund is the primary school operating budget, which is funded by property taxes, state aid, local revenues (i.e. gate receipts, rental income, interest), intermediate revenues (i.e. county fines), other state revenues (bank franchise taxes, school & public lands funds) and federal grants. The General Fund budget is expended on salaries and benefits of employees, instructional materials, activities, transportation, professional services (i.e. advertising, audits, elections, legal, professional development for employees), utilities, care/upkeep of facilities and insurance.
• Capital Outlay Fund
The Capital Outlay Fund is one of two vital funds authorized in statute to account for major repairs or construction of school facilities, instructional equipment, textbooks and software, classroom technology and infrastructure, school buses, vehicles and debt service. Revenue for the Capital Outlay fund is derived primarily from property taxes.
Legislation in 2016 imposed a cap on the amount of tax request schools can submit from a flat levy to a dollar request no more than 3% or inflation, whichever is less, above the previous years’ tax request, plus new construction growth.
This cap has had a negative affect by significantly restricting much needed revenue growth that could be used to maintain aging school buildings, infrastructure, updating technology and other needs projected in the Yankton School District.
• Special Education Fund
The Special Education Fund is authorized in statute to account for the costs associated with education and related services of children with special needs. In addition to salaries and benefits costs of special education staff, instructional materials and textbooks, the special education fund also pays for tuition for out-of-district placements, early childhood intervention, specialized equipment, transportation costs and professional services such as psychological, health, physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech services. Funding for the Special Education Fund is derived from a combination of local property taxes, state aid and federal funding.
• Other Funds
The Yankton School District also maintains an Impact Aid Fund (federal funding to replace lost property taxes from the construction of Gavins Point Dam), enterprise funds such as a School Food Service Fund, Concessions Fund, Unemployment Fund and Self-Insurance Fund (a fund established to account for employee health insurance benefits) and a Fiduciary Fund where the school is the fiscal agent for various class and club accounts.
School Board Meetings
Yankton School District Board Meetings are held primarily on the second Monday of the month at the YSD Administration Building located at 2410 West City Limits Road beginning at 5 p.m.
School board meetings are recorded and re-aired on public access channels on our local cable television. The meetings are also archived the YSD website http://ysd.k12ksdkus/. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend.
NOTE: Due to Veterans Day on Monday, Nov. 11, the November School Board Meeting will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 12, beginning at 5 p.m.
Thank you for the trust and confidence you have placed in me to lead the Yankton School District. You are welcome to contact me at any time to visit. I would be happy to visit with you personally or speak to your group/organization.
I am also willing to host your group at our Administration Building or one of our school buildings. I would also come to your facility or meeting place.
If there is a specific topic you would like for me to address in the future, please call me at 665-3998 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Let’s continue to have a great year!
Dr. Wayne Kindle is superintendent of the Yankton School District.