Superintendent of Putnam County R-I schools speaks out in an open letter.
Heath Halley prepares a State of the District just before the start of the 2014 school year.
He says he wanted to update the community on the effect Missouriâ??s financial difficulty is having on rural schools.
With an estimated $400,000 in budget cuts, Halley says the schools are using the resources available to remain as successful as possible.
â??The good thing is Putnam County has a great community and wonderful, supporting parents and a great teaching staff, so we're looking forward to a great school year and teaching and learning the best we can,â?? said Dr. Halley.
He also mentioned new reading level requirements being enforced this school year.
He says with the new Gates Macginitie testing, teachers can better evaluate students' reading level in comparison to previous years.
Halley also says the students will be allowed to use cellular devices a bit more for learning purposes this year.