Proposed State Education Increases Could Ease Budget Tensions

By Jake Boswell | 

RUSSELLVILLE, Ky. (WBKO) -- Last week, Governor Beshear announced his proposed budget through June of 2016 and a lot of the focus was on K through 12 education.

The Russellville School District is one of the smaller school districts in south central Kentucky and has had to make tough decisions, due to a shortage in funding, such as holding off on the purchase of buses. They say the emphasis on education could be just what the state needs to help schools with tight budgets.

"I think education was put on the back burner. In the summer there wasn't really a lot of conversation about education getting any additional funding. I think superintendents, KASA, KEA, everybody getting involved in the funding process, it's pushed it to the front burner," said Russellville Independent Schools Superintendent, Leon Smith.

The proposed state-issued SEEK money raise would amount to $84 a student. Under that same proposal, teachers would get a 2% raise for the upcoming school year.

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