The Palmyra R-I Superintendent expects fewer dollars to come in from the state during the 2017-2018 school year.

The Palmyra R-I Superintendent expects fewer dollars to come in from the state during the 2017-2018 school year. Eric Churchwell reported to the school board at its March 14 meeting that the district could see a decrease in state funding by $175,000 in the 2017-2018 school year.

The decrease on the state level is offset by funding at the local level, which Churchwell said is expected to increase by $295,000.

Churchwell also said he expects funding to hold steady at the federal level.

Capital improvements for the district will include the purchase of a school bus and the implementation of a one-to-one technology initiative. Those improvements are expected to cost about $210,000.

Churchwell also brought to the attention of the board two legislative bills he said could siphon funds from public schools to private ones.

House Bill 634 could expand charter schools throughout the state, while Senate Bill 32 would authorize a voucher program in Missouri. According to Churchwell, SB 32 would take public tax money and allow it to be used to pay for private schools.

In other business:

• Students in the district's gifted program, PACE, presented to the board. The program is celebrating its 30th year.

• The board also discussed the possibility of using PENMAC Education Staffing for its substitute teaching needs. PENMAC is an employment company that specializes in staffing of substitute teachers.

• The board re-hired all tenured certified staff as presented.