School budget good news for taxpayers
By Annette Tait
Taxpayers in the Center-Stanton School District have good news for the coming budget year – the district approved its preliminary budget and is not asking for any changes in funding from the county.
The budget includes deficit spending to achieve the state requirement for reductions in carryover. The limit for the coming year is for carryover to be no greater than 35 percent, a 5 percent reduction from last year’s maximum of 40 percent. Districts that fail to comply with the state limits will be penalized with a reduction in state aid payments.
District Superintendent Tracy Peterson advised the board a motion was needed before Sept. 15 to approve the move to 6-man football for the 2017 football season. The recommendation for the move was based on safety as well as the opportunity to have successful, efficient practices where students can play against opposition. With current numbers, fielding full offense against full defense is not possible; however, with 6-man football, it should be.
“It looks like Center-Stanton will be the lead in getting the 6-man program started,” Peterson said, noting the school is the first to be sanctioned by the North Dakota High School Activities Association for 6-man football. “We have a full 9-game schedule, and we’re working on a playoff championship weekend.”
Peterson noted the first-year’s playoff won’t be state-recognized due to the limited number of teams expected to participate, but will give the players the opportunity to be recognized for their talents.
The move to a 6-man football program was approved.