Response to Letter to the Editor,
I would like to respectfully address some misperceptions that were presented in Mr. Rowland’s letter published in the March 8 edition of the Democrat:
The construction under way in the previous cafeteria space at Smith-Cotton Junior High is for the creation of seven additional classrooms consisting of computer labs, an art classroom, a Family and Consumer Sciences classroom and other academic space to meet the needs of our growing student enrollment. The current cafeteria space (FEMA Building) not only suits our mealtime needs, but also houses an auxiliary gymnasium and computer labs.
The $1.9 million difference between the district’s projected revenue and projected expenses in the 2016-17 budget are the result of downward projections to the state formula to fund public schools and additional planned construction at Smith-Cotton High School to, again, address the increased student population in our district. Solid fiscal management has allowed the district to build reserves to address such issues.
Residents who have questions about district issues should feel free to contact me at the Central Office, 660-829-6450.
Bradley R. Pollitt
Superintendent, Sedalia School District 200