The Kansas Supreme Court Gannon 5 decision last summer said that the school funding formula was inadequately funded, and contained 4 points of Constitutional inequity. The general consensus among those across the education community was that around $600-$700 million in new funding, phased in over about 3 years would likely address funding inadequacy, but there was pushback from those who didn’t want to add this kind of funding. Lawmakers said that courts required them to “show their work”, so House & Senate leadership commissioned another study, rather than adjusting the most recent one done in 2006 for inflation. The recent Lori Taylor / WestEd study foundRead More →

Members of the Belinder community are mourning the loss of Rich Nitsch, the school parent and volunteer known for going out of his way to lend a hand where needed most. Belinder mom Marilee Allison shared this remembrance: For the majority of my son’s time at Belinder, he had Mr. Nitsch visiting him weekly. Bringing him lunch, hanging out at recess, making my son feel special. I remember the first time he spoke of Mr. Nitsch. He actually started by calling him Mr. Rich, and then confused me when he changed it later on to Mr. Nitsch. He got very frustrated with me because IRead More →

As you may be aware, on February 7th Alex Rutiaga and two others were in a terrible automobile accident. Alex Rutiaga, former Belinder Brave and brother to current Belinder second grader Gabe Rutiaga, sustained serious and life threatening injuries. Alex has numerous broken bones, has required several blood transfusions, and will need months of physical therapy to regain his strength and agility. His family has spent many days away from their jobs to be with Alex while he was in the hospital. The medical bills are staggering and overwhelming. Alex is now home and is recuperating. He needs constant care due to his injuries whichRead More →