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Porter: School district should be OK

The uncertainty of next year’s budget for Brady Public Schools is finally coming into focus for superintendent Bill Porter.

LB235, which sets the total aid for schools across the state, was signed by Gov. Dave Hieneman last week after passing quickly through the Legislature in late April.

The fact that Heineman allowed the bill to sit on his desk for four business days before signing it left Porter a bit uneasy but now that it’s official, he said he’s relieved.

“As things sit right now, we should be OK,” Porter said, explaining that he won’t breathe easy until the certification of state aid is finalized.

LB235 sets the total aid package at $822 million for this year, and reduces state aid approximately $410 million for districts across the state over the next two-year budget period.

For Brady, that means a drop in state aid of roughly $151,000.

If that’s what the final figure ends up being when certification is complete, Porter is confident the district will not see drastic changes.

In April, school board members approved reduction in force notices for five teachers with a total of nine hours cut from industrial tech, family and consumer science, physical education, art and music.

“We did that as a precaution,” Porter said, “just in case things in Lincoln got worse.”

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