K-12 Commission meets Monday December 15

By Kansas Association of School Boards
December 03, 2014

The K-12 Student Performance and Efficiency Commission will consider proposed legislation and recommendations at its Mon. Dec. 15 meeting.

The commission's recommendations will be forwarded to the Legislature, which starts in January trying to find ways to close a $715 million budget gap in the current and next fiscal years.

At the conclusion of last month's commission's meeting, Chairman Sam Williams said he has received word from top legislative leaders that they are extremely interested in the commission's recommendations.

So far, the commission has been taking testimony on a multitude of subjects.

At the last meeting, several members on the panel indicated that they favored some way of limiting the amount of funds school districts could hold in reserves. School districts have said the reserves are needed for cash flow purposes and to cover unforeseen expenses.

The issue of school districts' cash reserves has gained prominence because of the state's budget difficulties.

A couple of other proposals concerning cash management by school districts seem to have been rejected by the commission. Those are requiring the same fiscal management system for all districts and collapsing many separate purpose funds into one fund.

The tentative schedule for the Dec. 15 meeting includes an overview of proposed legislation and recommendations and committee comments and recommendations. The meeting may be the last for the commission, although Williams has held out the possibility of a meeting Jan. 5 if needed. The legislative session starts Jan. 12.