INDIANAPOLIS – On Wednesday, State Senator Eddie Melton (D-Merrillville) offered Senate Resolution (SR) 56 on the Senate floor urging the General Assembly to study how school district financial conditions are analyzed and monitored. Sen. Melton released the following statement after the resolution’s passage:
“I offered this resolution because school corporations across the state, ranging from urban to rural to suburban, are finding themselves in dire financial need. These districts are being forced to do more with less causing them to close school facilities and call for referendums to seek additional funding from taxpayers just to pay for essential needs such as transportation and operating expenses.
“It is important for the state to look into the internal and external contributing factors for why and how these school financial crises are happening in Indiana.
“It is my hope that through this study the state plays a more critical role in identifying what the issues are, helping the community come up with solutions and investing in areas that local communities are not able to support.
“The state has a vested interest in making sure school corporations are acting responsibly and a school takeover should not always be the state’s reaction to a school corporation’s financial crisis.
“The financial indicators and solutions that can be determined in this study committee will likely save the state legislature a lot of tedious work in the future and will help prevent local units of government from having to seek additional assistance from the state.”