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KSAL Staff - October 17, 2016 2:52 pm

USD 305 Superintendent Bill Hall

USD 305 Superintendent Bill Hall

USD 305 Superintendent Bill Hall stopped into the KSAL Morning News on Monday with an update on Salina schools as he keeps an eye on the upcoming elections.

“We have six of our eight elementary schools completely finished, we still have Stewart and Sunset yet to go,” Hall said.

Construction continues at South Middle School as well as both Salina High Schools.

“Things are well, it’s all on schedule it’s looking very very good and we’re under budget, so life is good.”

As for the budget battle looming in Topeka and a way to bring a complex formula into a simple system to fund schools remains complicated.

The current block grants expire June 30, 2017.

“I do believe we need more dollars in the classroom and I believe that is what the court is going to find. Equity is such a huge issue, we have 286 districts across the state of Kansas and no two of them are alike.”

Hall says he’s hoping for a decision that borrows from past formulas that are weighted to support the students with the greatest need.

Keith Davis

October 18, 2016 at 5:03 am

Bill..you are very lucky that a mail-in ballot was used for the LOB or you probably wouldn’t have been able to do these projects with the Brownback school finance debacle that’s going on holding funding back. I don’t think your LOB would have passed if it would have been voted on the conventional way. I have noticed new construction going on at the new maintenance complex. Was that part of the LOB?

Doug Clemens

October 18, 2016 at 8:07 am

Bill I agree with the other poster you pulled a quick one on the voters as did the city and its corrupt commissioners. There are some groups forming that is looking to put a stop to this procedure. Why do you think Merriman quit? We never had someone in his position that had so called voting problem’s. BILL I have one question for you how much interaction do you have with students?

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