Amite County school officials are concerned
the district could lose more than 400-thousand dollars in state and
federal money this year.
Business manager Sherie Jones says declining enrollment will
cause a decrease of roughly 194-thousand dollars in Mississippi
Adequate Education Program funding.
MAEP is a complicated formula designed to give every school
district enough money to meet midlevel standards. It provides the
bulk of the district's operating budget.
School board members learned in January that the district could
lose 234-thousand dollars in federal money from the Secure Rural
Schools and Security Self-Determination Act.
The act provided federal funds to counties and school districts
that have national forest lands inside their districts - the
Homochitto National Forest in Amite County's case. The program has