Aimee Patton

A pleasantly eccentric take on politics

Kansas Education Shocker, Not Shocker Alert!

A school district in Kansas will be seeking emergency funding.  The kids have barely stepped off the yellow bus and assembled in their new classrooms for the 2015-2016 school year and already there are funding problems.


Kansas City Kansas Public Schools have announced that they are going to have to seek emergency funding from the state.


Not enough summer fun can make us all forget the Kansas budget woes and school funding problems facing the state this year and now it’s slapping us in the face like the smell of cafeteria mystery meat.


KCK Public Schools need $2.7 million dollars to pay for new teachers to cover an increasing student head count.


They will have to apply to the “Extraordinary Need Fund.”


Love the name, but what is the “Extraordinary Need Fund” you might be asking?


The extraordinary needs fund is a pool of revenue that’s distributed to school districts that are dealing with “unusual or extraordinary circumstances.”


I’m not sure if any of these circumstances facing our schools in Kansas can be classified anymore as “unusual or extraordinary”.  We are so used to this with the ongoing school funding debate, education cuts and the budget crisis in our state, that they should just change the name of this fund to “NEED NOW FUND” to more accurately reflect the state of affairs of our Kansas public schools.


The districts in need have to apply for this special funding.  I suggest just writing the word “duh” all over the application and the person processing the application should just know why the schools need the funding, but I’m not running this show.  Some reasons the districts can qualify for additional funds are:



  • An unexpected boost in enrollment
  • A significant reduction in assessed valuation
  • Reduction in revenue from the school district
  • Unforeseen circumstances which impact the general fund budget

Districts a little advice- just circle that last bullet.  It summarizes our politicians in Topeka that have us in this mess in the first place.


4 thoughts on “Shocker! KS Schools start and one district is already facing a funding emergency!

  1. David says:

    Guess where the money from the Extraordinary Need Fund comes from? Drumroll please……..yep, you guessed it. Every districts general fund was reduced by .04% to create this fund of just over $12 million. So technically, it belongs to all the schools anyway. Sad.

  2. KCKS Baloney says:

    Every year, during the first week of public schools reopening, you can count on news reports of children being left on their school bus unattended at the end of the day. And much in the same tradition, you can count upon Johnson County Kansas liberals to shriek that the sky is falling on their public education system because of “misguided politicians.” Funny how they seem to forget that these politicians were elected by their constituents, and must budget accordingly with the funds available.

    NEWSFLASH: The economy is struggling…..individuals, businesses, states and the nation are in a bind.

    “KCK Public Schools need $2.7 million dollars to pay for new teachers to cover an increasing student head count.” And why might that be?

    Kansas City Public Schools is a school district in Kansas that served 20,914 students in 43 schools during the 2012-2013 school year. This district is the fifth-largest by enrollment in the state of Kansas.
    Wyandotte County underperformed the rest of Kansas in terms of higher education achievement in 2013. The United States Census Bureau found that 15.5 percent of Wyandotte County residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor’s degree compared to 30.3 percent for Kansas as a whole. The median household income in Wyandotte County was $39,402 compared to $51,332 for the state of Kansas. The poverty rate in Wyandotte County was 23.9 percent compared to 13.7 percent for the entire state.

    District Profile
    Superintendent: Cynthia Lane
    Enrollment: 20,914 students
    Graduation rate: 65.5%
    Number of schools: 43
    Budget: $248.1 million ………….equals $11,863.00 per enrolled student

    Kansas City Kansas Board of Education
    Member Assumed Office Term Ends
    Evelyn Hill July 1, 2009 July 1, 2017
    Richard Kaminski July 1, 2013 July 1, 2017
    Vicki S. Meyer July 1, 1997 July 1, 2017
    George Breidenthal July 1, 1983 July 1, 2019
    Brenda Jones July 1, 2007 July 1, 2019
    Valdenia Winn July 1, 2015 July 1, 2019
    Gloria Willis May 23, 1995 July 1, 2019

    Readers may recall the above member, Valdenia Winn, as the KS State Representative who called her GOP colleagues “racist” while debating a bill that would have denied in-state tuition to undocumented immigrants.

    Racial Demographics, 2013 US CENSUS
    Race Wyandotte County (%) Kansas (%)
    White 66.9 87.1
    Black or African American 25.1 6.2
    American Indian and Alaskan 1.4 1.2
    Asian 3.4 2.7
    Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander 0.2 0.1
    Two or More Races 3.1 2.7
    Hispanic or Latino 27.1 11.2

    Presidential Voting Pattern, Wyandotte County
    Year Republican Vote Democratic Vote
    2012 15,496 34,302
    2008 16,506 39,865
    2004 17,919 34,923
    2000 14,024 32,411

    “Extraordinary Need Fund”? “Unusual Or Extraordinary Circumstances”?

    Free and reduced school lunches, students with disabilities, ELL students (English language learners)

    Kansas City Kansas Mayor Holland said, “I’m very proud of the work of National Council of La Raza.”

    “Kansas City, Kansas, is a city with no ethnic majority. Kansas City, Kansas, is 40 percent white, 28 percent Latino, and 26 percent African-American,” Holland said. “Our school district speaks 62 different languages by the children every single day. And Kansas City, Kansas, has a proud heritage of welcoming all people into the community, people who are not welcome in other places.”

    In August 2014 Holland told city commissioners that the KCKS police and fire departments were too white, reported KMBC-TV 9.

    Since 2002 Kansas City has received 1,090 refugees from Burma, 577 from Bhutan, 190 from Somalia, 126 from Iraq, 47 from Liberia, 37 from Eritrea, 36 from Russia, 34 from Burundi, 33 from Afghanistan, 26 from Vietnam, 24 from Sudan, 18 from Uzbekistan, and 11 from Iran, according to State Department data.

    The city’s overall population has been in decline for four straight decades since reaching its peak of 168,000 in 1970, Census records show. By 2010 that population had fallen to 145,786. But, by using the refugee program and a general “welcoming” approach to all immigrants, the city has been able to recharge its population somewhat, with an estimated 149,636 residents as of 2014.

    “KCK Public Schools need $2.7 million dollars to pay for new teachers to cover an increasing student head count.” There’s no mystery to this “mystery meat” of a predicament, Ms. Patton needs to review the phenomenon of cause and effect!

  3. Emergency? Indeed. says:

    Emergency my backside. KCK 2015 expenditure per pupil, according to the State Dept. of Education: $15,416.

    K-5 base tuition at Pembroke Hill: $16,970. BIg jump to $19K for grades 6-8.
    9-12th grade tuition at Rockhurst: $11,550.

    Clearly, based on academic achievement alone, the KCK system is a MUCH better deal. Yes, a much better deal.

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