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    The Waynesville R-VI School District receives approximately one-third of its budget from the federal government, which is very unusual.  

    The district receives Federal Basic Impact Aid that is based on students whose parents are active duty military, work for the Department of Defense and/or work on Fort Leonard Wood. (We ask all of our military impacted families to complete the Impact Aid form.)

     

    In addition, Waynesville R-VI is one of just 22 school districts in the nation that qualifies for Federal B-2 Heavily Impacted Aid.   

     

    B-2 Qualifications

    Federal B-2 Heavily Impacted Aid provides $8.5 million each year to the Waynesville R-VI School District, but to qualify, the district must meet three criteria:

    1)    Have at least 45% of their students be military impacted; 68 percent of our students are military impacted, so we readily meet this.

    2)    Have a per pupil expenditure of less than 125% of the state’s average per pupil expenditure. We are below the state’s average in per pupil expenditure, so we readily meet this. 

    3)    Local taxpayers must make a reasonable local tax effort, which is defined as at least 95% of the average for a group of comparable districts within the state, which is a challenge, given that the Waynesville R-VI School District’s tax levy is among the lowest in the state.

     

    To keep Waynesville R-VI eligible for B-2 Heavily Impacted Aid, voters overwhelmingly passed a 20-cent tax levy in April 2017, raising the tax levy increase from $2.75 to $2.95. Had that vote not passed, the district already would have fallen out of eligibility for the funds. 

     

    From 2018-22, the district has received more than $42,500,000 in Federal B-2 Heavily Impacted Aid. During that same time, local taxpayers have paid in approximately $3,000,000 more in local property taxes, which means for a local investment of $1 in students’ education, the district received $14 in federal B-2 Heavily Impacted Aid. 

     

    As promised to voters, the annual $600,000 in local tax revenue has been used for security upgrades and for technology. Security upgrades have included measures from better protected entrances to our buildings to added school resource officers in our district and an increased presence of security at our largest events.  The district also moved forward its goal of providing a technology device for every single student and the timing could not have been more critical.  When COVID hit and school buildings closed in March 2020, Waynesville R-VI students were able to continue learning from home.

     

    By keeping the district eligible for the B-2 Heavily Impacted Aid, the district has completed the academic wing at Waynesville Middle School and the new front entrance to the middle school. Parker Educational Center was remodeled to add two new classrooms of preschool students with funds coming from a federal grant and B-2 aid.  B-2 also pays for maintenance, upkeep, repairs and HVAC systems. B-2 aid will be used to pay for the district’s portion to build the FEMA shelter at Freedom Elementary.

     

    Prop C issue

    When the tax levy was passed in April 2017, we expected the 20-cent increase would keep the district eligible for B-2 Heavily Impacted Aid for about 10 years; however, that timeline assumed that the district would be able to continue counting Prop C funds as part of our local taxpayers’ effort. Three years ago, Prop C funds were no longer allowed to be counted as part of the local tax effort, so the district will likely need to ask for a tax levy increase in the future.