House Bill 1691

House Bill 1691
Posted on 02/09/2020
Bill ImageOn January 21st, Chairman Richardson appeared at a House Education Committee Hearing to give testimony in favor of House Bill 1691. This bill corrects the current calculation for State Adequacy Aid for full-day Kindergarten students.

When the State budget issues were resolved in 2019 we found that the process change in developing adequacy funding specific to Kindergarten resulted in a significant revenue shortfall for the Chester School District.

At this time last year, Full-day Kindergarten Adequacy Aid was a combination of an $1,800 Base Grant plus (previously guaranteed) Keno revenue funds of a minimum of $1,100 per student for a total of $2,800 per student in Adequacy Aid.

As part of the Budget agreement, the Keno funding was removed and Full-day Kindergarten program students were now eligible for full Adequacy Aid of $3,561.27 per pupil. However, this was based on the average daily membership in attendance (ADMA) figure from the previous school year. In the previous year, Chester had a Half-day Kindergarten program so for 2019 – 2020 we were now eligible for only $1,780.63 per student.

This was an unanticipated consequence as a result of the complex negotiations around the State Budget and Education Funding.

After the Chester School Board reached out to Speaker of the House Steve Shurtleff in October, HB 1691 was developed to address our situation. (Note: this change also affected the Windham and Salem school districts, who had also implemented Full Day Kindergarten for the 2019 -2020 school year.)

Under HB 1691, the calculation will now be based on the number of pupils enrolled and present on the first day of school in the current school year in a full day kindergarten program in any district.

The Bill, sponsored by Education Committee Vice Chairman David Luneau, is now working its way through the Legislative process for approval. ~ If approved, Chester will receive full Adequacy Aid for our Kindergarten students, reversing an unanticipated $49,000 Budget shortfall for the 2019 -2020 school year.