General Assembly Activities
Wednesday, January 22, 2020
GENERAL ASSEMBLY ACTIVITIES
House Ways & Means Committee
Today, the committee heard HB 1204, early graduation and ADM. Representative Bob Cherry is the author of the bill. The bill would allow early graduates to be counted in the February ADM count as long as the student was in the September ADM count and graduated early. IASBO has worked to get this concept moving this session since IASBO did not support the second ADM count primarily because of the loss of funding from early graduations.
The bill is effective upon passage so it will impact this February’s count. The Legislative Services Agency in their fiscal review of the bill predicts that this bill will provided $8 million additional funding in FY20 and $9 million in FY21. This provision can be added this year because there is room under the appropriation cap in the state budget for the school formula. For the past several years the state budget has had a cap on the amount of dollars that can be distributed in the school distribution formula. Therefore, the state budget will not have to be opened up if HB 1204 passes.
Supporting the bill were: IASBO (also testifying for ISBA, IAPSS and IUSA); and Jack Parker, Superintendent of the Mt. Vernon Community School Corporation. Superintendent Parker provided excellent testimony on the impact of early graduates for the funding of his school corporation.
The bill was held till tomorrow for a committee vote.
Yesterday, the House Ways & Means Committee heard HB 1055, civil government property tax controls. Representative Jeff Thompson is the author of the bill. The digest of the bill is as follows:
“Provides that for years after 2020 an assessed value growth quotient is determined individually for each taxing unit. Provides that the assessed value growth quotient for a taxing unit is determined by a formula that is based on: (1) the average growth in the taxing unit's net assessed value; and (2) the average circuit breaker losses experienced by a taxing unit. Eliminates Indiana nonfarm personal income as a factor in computing an assessed value growth quotient.”
This bill is for all Indiana taxing units and makes major changes in the calculation of levies. HB 1055 does provide a new calculation for school corporation’s Operations Fund levies. LSA states that approximately 70% of school corporations will show growth in their levies. Many of the corporations who have been hurt by the circuit breaker over the years show growth in their levies with this bill. Unfortunately, there are over 90 corporations who lose in this bill. The bill will provide $31 million new levy funds for 2021 and almost $68 million in 2022. Therefore, IASBO (also testifying for ISBA) thanked the author for the new monies but stressed the need for further work on the bill regarding corporations who are losing levy. Providing similar testimony were the Department of Education and AIM for the cities and towns association.
Loren Evans, Director of Business for the MSD of Mt. Vernon, provided strong testimony on how the bill negatively impacted his school corporation. The committee members were very interested in his testimony.
The bill was held and currently not scheduled for another hearing.
House Education Committee
This morning the committee heard HB 1003, education matters, for amendments and a vote. This is the bill that deletes the responsibility to publish the annual performance report. IASBO supports this portion of the bill. We were told that some Republican members of the committee were sympathetic to the Hoosier Press Association and did not want to completely delete the publishing mandate. The bill was amended with the following language (bold lettering is new language):
“Not earlier than March 15 or later than March 31 of each year, the governing body of a school corporation shall publish either: (1) an annual performance report of the school corporation; or (2) a summary of the annual performance report with a description of how to find and view the full annual performance report on the Internet.”
There was no public testimony on amendments and the amendment was not released until the committee began, so IASBO did not have an opportunity to oppose the amendment. It is ironic that HB 1003 has a major section regarding school flexibility and reducing regulations, but this amendment adds work to the school business office if it decides not to publish the full report and then create a summary of the report. The full report is still required to be created. The amendment does not state what will be in a summary and how long it has to be. So there is local determination what the summary will look like. A summary will definitely smaller than the whole report, but it still is not acceptable.
The amendment passed and the bill passed by a vote of 13-0. IASBO appreciates the efforts of Representative Jack Jordan who supported the original language. IASBO will work to get the original language back in the bill when it goes to the Senate.
Corporation: Greencastle Community School Corporation
Interested applicants are encouraged to apply at: https://isba.myrevelus.com/. If you have questions about the position, please contact:
Michael T. Adamson, Ed.D.
Director of Board Services
Indiana School Boards Association
Office Phone: 317-229-3270
Position: Elementary Principal
Corporation: Adams Central Community Schools
Ideal candidate will have administrative experience, proper licensing, skills as an organizer and communicator and a willingness to create partnerships in the community.
Those interested in applying for this position may do so by submitting an application (the application for a certified position can be found on www.accs.k12.in.us), cover letter, resume, three (3) current letters of recommendation and official college transcripts (undergraduate & graduate) to:
Adams Central Community School Attn: Director of Human Resources 222 West Washington Street Monroe, Indiana 46772
Submission of materials may also be done by e-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org. For questions, call 260-692-1006. For consideration, all materials must be received by February 28, 2020.