School Finance

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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School administrators have a new summer assignment -- juggling late payments from the state, and dealing with staffing situations.

State tax collections have slumped. That means the 303 school districts will get only about 50 percent of the $228 million in aid they are owed for June on time.

It will be the fifth time since December that the state payments are late.

Superintendent Randy Rivers of Mill Creek Valley schools in Alma says his district used extra money to bridge the gap this year when state payments were late. But he says that will make cash tighter next school year.

Beloit superintendent Greg Renter says the late payments mean teachers can't get their summer checks until next month. He says the delays have also caused hard feelings with some suppliers.

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