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      Possible cuts in education funding worries Heartland school district

      Itâ??s a new environment that elementary school kids in Putnam County seem to be enjoying, and a new improvement for the school district.

      With the new 2013 school year underway many area school districts have implemented many improvements.

      After putting in for a grant from the Missouri Foundation for Health, superintendent Heath Halley of the Putnam County R-I School District says they were able to put in new playground equipment, do significant work to their baseball field and add equipment to their fitness center.

      He says the new playground equipment provides a safe environment for the kids because theyâ??re falling down on recycled rubber.

      These new additions are all outside the classroom, so we wanted to know what theyâ??re doing inside.

      â??Our philosophy is we constantly want to be improving and updating the curriculum,â?? said Halley. â??If we teach on Monday and find out it didn't work, why wait until Friday to figure that out. So we want to make improvement and adjustments continually, constantly reviewing curriculum, textbook, technology.â??

      Even with an improved look and consistent curriculum assessment, the school district is worried.

      Missouri House Bill 253 could cut taxes, meaning drastic cuts to funding in education.

      Members of the general assembly have pledged to override Governor Jay Nixon's veto in September, saying it will grow business. That's why Putnam County R-I School District and many other districts around the state are passing resolutions, urging the legislature to sustain Nixon's veto of the bill.

      â??It'd cost Putnam County, the school district $208,000 right away, up to $360,000," said Halley.

      Educators say it would jeopardize the state's ability to fund public education and force schools revenue to drop a few letter grades.

      â??It effects the health department, the senior center, possibly meals on wheels,â?? said Halley. â??It just seems all the folks that are in the most need are having money pulled away from them.â??

      Superintendent Halley says that bill has a major impact on education, and he plans to hand-deliver the district's resolution to the representatives and senators across the northern part of Missouri to ensure their voices are heard.