Legislation to reauthorize the Secure Rural Schools funding has now passed both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate, and will be signed into law. Within 45 days of the bill being signed into law, Alton R-IV (along with the other 117 school districts in Missouri eligible for this funding source) will receive the remainder of the withheld funds for the 2014-2015 school year. Additionally, this legislation extends the Secure Rural Schools funding to include the 2015-2016 school year at 95% of the current year’s funding level. Continuation of the funding beyond the 2015-2016 school year at current levels would then no longer be guaranteed without additional future legislation.
We would like to extend our appreciation to the Missouri Delegation of Federally Elected Officials that supported all of Missouri’s school districts in our efforts to bring awareness to the issue and for the corrective action that followed. Also, a big thank you to any of you that took a personal moment to contact the Missouri Legislators with your concerns about this issue.