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home : opinion : opinion February 7, 2016

4/15/2013 6:00:00 AM
Letter: Per-pupil spending

How many realize that next year the per-pupil spending at Mt. Tipton would have been at around $10,000 or less? This is $3000 lower than the year before. After the decision to close both the middle and high school portions, the cost will be $13,300 per pupil and rising each time a student leaves the remaining K-6.

According to the finance director, the per-pupil spending next year for a K-8 at Tipton would have only been $7,400. For all of those who were so concerned at how we were supposedly draining the district, ask them why they are willing to spend $13,300 when they could have spent only $7,400.

If only 15 children who had already voiced a desire to attend Mt. Tipton were allowed to do so, our per-pupil spending as K-12 would have been right in line.

KUSD allows 54 students from our boundaries to bus to Kingman - why not open the highway in the other direction? Now, according to the law, if only one student from our area requires after school tutoring, KUSD must provide the transportation to accommodate that one student.

KUSD wrote for and was awarded a $614,000.00 technology grant in February for Mt. Tipton. This grant was to be spent on the students at Mt. Tipton and by that time they already knew what the fate of Tipton was to be. KUSD is currently attempting to find a loophole that will allow them to transfer our grant over to Black Mountain.

What kind of management is this?

Rebecca Smith

Dolan Springs

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