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Brownback to review school funding plan

The Kansas Legislature delivered its approved school funding plan to Gov. Sam Brownback’s office to review on Tuesday.

The plan was in response to the Kansas Supreme Court’s ruling that the state is not giving poor school districts a fair share of more-than $4 billion in annual state aid, according to the Little Apple Post. The justices threatened to shut down schools across the state if the problems have not been resolved by June 30.

In accordance with the state constitution, Brownback has until April 8 to act on the measure that both redistributes $83 million in aid for the 2016-17 academic year and prevents any district from losing money.

Vet med student wins national leadership award

Nate Kapaldo, fourth-year veterinary medicine student, was one of 33 students chosen nationwide to receive the Dr. Jack Walther Leadership Award from the Western Veterinary Conference.

The award, which recognizes veterinary student leaders and promotes lifelong professional service to the industry, has granted approximately $1 million in scholarship funds since its founding in 2002, according to K-State Today.

“Dr. Walther, a late president of the American Veterinary Medical Association, was an enormous advocate for students and his passion for developing leadership among young veterinarians was inspiring,” Kapaldo said to K-State Today. “This experience at the Western Veterinary Conference further reminded me that, whether we shortly realize it or not, veterinarians are all leaders, both in their clinic and in their community. Interacting with the other awardees from North American veterinary schools was humbling, showing me how rich the future veterinary field is with talent and passion for animal and human health.”

Street maintenance committee suggests sales tax increase

Manhattan City Commissioners reviewed the findings of a street maintenance steering committee report on Tuesday night.

The report, shared by Director of Public Works Robert Ott, examined funding for street maintenance issues, scope and the duration of a potential tax increase, according to KMAN.

Ott shared the report and the committee’s suggestion of a .20 percent sales tax increase to finance street maintenance for a 10-year period. The commission plans to revisit the issue in April, according to KMAN.

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