Voicing concerns about the future of education

Funding for rural schools a hot-button issue.

Posted: Nov 29, 2017 11:04 PM
Updated: Nov 30, 2017 6:29 AM

FOREST CITY, Iowa- The topic of education is a hot-button issue when you start talking about state funding, and Wednesday local educators and Forest City residents had the chance to discuss the issue with representatives.

Beth Clouse. of Forest City. ran for school board this last election.

“I’ve been taking an interest in what our school board here locally has to say and what they are doing on a state level,” she said.

Clouse has four kids in the school district and says she wants to see the funds that are available for schools to be more accessible.

“With our rural districts, our budgets are becoming more of a concern,” Clouse said. “Because of declining enrollment they are having to scramble to look for ways to save money.”

She says they in the Forest City School District are seeing the struggles of funding. 

“This last fall the fifth grade sections were large,” said Clouse. “Luckily, we were able to add a fourth section, but this kind of situation where classes are growing is going to happen if we don’t have enough money to hire teachers or keep our senior educators.”

Teachers in attendance also asked questions to the representatives about where they see school funding going this year.

“It has been a tough couple of years in the state,” says North Iowa teacher Kelly Ruth Winter. “We didn’t get any additional funding last year, but luckily we were able to hold true to where we were. But we continually need additional funding because our costs are always going up.”

The elected officials did seem to all agree that education needs to be a priority for the state, which everyone in the crowd was happy to hear.

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