MOUNT VERNON — The Knox County Educational Service Center has a healthy cash balance right now, treasurer Heather Darnold told the board on Thursday, but there has been a major shift in funding.
Darnold told the News on Friday that in 2010 roughly 82 percent of the ESC’s funding came from state monies. In 2011 and 2012 the state’s share was reduced to 14.5 percent. That means the local school districts have had to pay more, particularly with regard to mandated special education services. Local funding was zero percent of the ESC revenue in 2010 and in 2012 it increased to 63 percent.
Darnold reported the state has said it would like for ESCs to be completely funded with local money, but Darnold said local school districts, many already hurting financially, shouldn’t have to pick up all the slack.
“We are trying to keep costs down for the locals,” said Darnold.
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