There are two issues that I believe are critical, and they go hand-in-hand.
First, the Kansas Legislature provided funding for K-12 public schools this past legislative session, and the Kansas Supreme Court determined it was adequate. However, with the way the Legislature works, nothing is ever permanent. As a board we must continue to be fiscally responsible while also continuing to advocate for adequate and equitable funding.
The second critical issue is providing our students with resources and services that fit their social and emotional needs. We recently found out that 32.5% of respondents to our Communities that Care survey indicated feelings of sadness or hopelessness in the past 12 months. Furthermore, 21.9% had seriously thought about killing themselves at any time in the past year.