Adjustments to school funding for the rest of the school year have been a boon to some area schools, but signifies a decrease for others.
The Tulsa World ( http://www.tulsaworld.com/homepagelatest/virtual-charter-school-growth-continues-to-net-most-of-oklahoma/article_e8ee2c41-f1bd-55da-b921-50b388221d34.html) reported the Oklahoma State Department of Education’s annual midyear adjustments, which determine the amount of state aid schools will receive during the second half of the school year. According to the report, all Carter County school districts besides Zaneis, Springer and Dickson saw a decrease in state aid. Mannsville and Madill schools also saw an increase.   
Ardmore City Schools Superintendent Kim Holland said part of the reduction is due to enrollment numbers, but there are several factors that determine how much state aid a school receives. ACS’ state aid for the remainder of the year has been reduced by $80,313.
“(Director of finance Kelly Shannon) actually budgeted a sum of money to cover the reduction we anticipated,” Holland said. “Although it’s never a good thing, we budgeted so we wouldn’t be knocked flat or be in serious trouble.”
Holland said Ardmore City Schools has seen cuts in previous years and prepared for the midyear adjustments ahead of time, but they are still an additional challenge. New state standards require schools to employ speech pathology experts, making Special Education more costly.
“It’s people with good intentions passing these requirements, but not passing any kind of funding to go along with it,” Holland said. “We need to serve those kids and serve them well, but it’s a real challenge.”