Amite school preparing for funding losses

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

not been renewed this year.