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Wed, Feb. 26

School board to discuss spending Prop 301 money

How to distribute Proposition 301 money next year will be among the topics of discussion when the Kingman Unified School District Governing Board meets Wednesday night.

The meeting, which is open to the public, will begin at 6:30 in the board meeting room at 3033 MacDonald Ave.

Proposition 301 is the voter-approved measure intended to increase revenue for education.

Money from the six-tenths of one-cent sales tax increase is disbursed to districts twice each year in three areas.

Twenty percent of it is figured into the base salaries of teachers, 40 percent goes toward performance pay for teachers, and 40 percent is "menu" money to be used in any of six different areas.

"Site councils from our schools will make a recommendation on where they would like the menu money to go," said Mike Ford, superintendent of the KUSD.

"But the governing board has final discretion on its distribution."

Board members also will discuss a dropout prevention plan resolution for grades four through 12.

"Each year we go through our comprehensive plan and have it approved," Ford said.

"The board is given an update on what we're doing and how successful it has been.

"We get $62,000 in dropout prevention funding from the state each year and it is applied in our alternative program at PASS (Positive Alternatives for Student Success)."

Other board business on the agenda includes: discussion and approval of a new sidewalk, gate and directional signs to be installed at the main entrance to the Kingman High School North campus; approval of a new fee schedule for selected classes at the north and south campuses of KHS; a year-round school presentation by the staff of Cerbat Elementary School; and approval of contract renewals for principals, directors, certified and classified staff members.

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