Ottumwa Superintendent weighs in on public school supplemental funding

With the legislative session ending with no set supplemental funding for public schools, KTVO caught up with Ottumwa Superintendent Davis Eidahl to hear his thoughts on the issue.

Eidahl said the legislature's failure to set the funding makes it difficult as the district looks ahead to the next two years.

He said the district has a $50+ million dollar budget, and deciding how to spend it without knowing the supplemental funding is a challenge.

However, he said the district has not had to issue pink slips and remains in a good situation.

"We are going to be able to weather this and go into next year with just an idea," said Eidahl. "But after that we're going to have to really be more specific in what we know about the funding if we're going to maintain innovative programs we have and even look to put new ones in."

Eidahl said knowing the funding and being able to plan a year or two in advance would be beneficial to school districts throughout Iowa.