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Sample Letter to Legislature: Fully Funding Formula 2018

School superintendents and school boards wishing to send a letter of thanks to the Missouri Legislature for funding the formula may wish to use something similar to the letter below.  Naturally, including your local House and Senate members is encouraged.



Dear Senator Brown, Representative Fitzpatrick and members of the Missouri Legislature,


On behalf of XXXXXX School District, we wish to thank you for your hard work in fully funding the foundation formula and increasing the line item for transportation.  As school board members, not only are we advocates for a strong public school system, but we also understand the challenges of creating a fair and equitable budget that meets the needs of a diverse constituency.


We are dedicated to providing the children of our district with exceptional educational opportunities.  It is heartening to know that our elected officials at the State Capitol are also committed to the educational needs of the young people of this state.


Geographically, ours is a large district.  The XXXXXX School District boundaries cover XXX square miles and our busses cover more than XXXX miles daily and more than XXXXX miles yearly.  Transportation costs are always a concern for us, and the additional $10 million (for a total of $102 million) is certainly a positive step.


Again, we thank you and your fellow legislators for the work that you do on behalf of the citizens of our state.  Our hope is that the Governor will ensure this funding makes it to local school districts in a timely manner when the budget year begins.




Members of XXXX School District


Draft Board Letter Foundation Formula 5.9.18.docx