City council learns GHV is positioned for future growth

GARNER – Garner-Hayfield-Ventura school district is well positioned for future growth. Tyler Williams, school superintendent, explained the fundamentals of school financing to the Garner City Council last week.

 The three main sources of school revenue are property taxes, state foundation aid, and open enrolled students.

 Certified enrollment refers to the number of GHV students who reside within the district and attend GHV.

“We get state funding for certified enrollment only,” he said. “There are many kids who attend our school, but who do not live within our boundaries.”

 “During the merger [between Garner-Hayfield and Ventura] we went to 900 kids. Then we dropped to 789…882, this year we climbed back up to 900.”

With the students who are open enrolled into the district, Williams said GHV serves about 1,000 students.

Williams said the future of rural schools will continue to be a challenge.

“Research presented to the superintendents in Des Moines says that within ten years, 50 percent of all students in the State of Iowa will attend 20-25 districts.”

“What that tells me is families are going to continue to flock to the cities and suburbs. Rural schools are going to have to do everything they possibly can to attract and retain kids and families.”

Williams invited the council to come to GHV high school to see the improvements that have been made in recent years.

Read the complete story in the April 3 Leader.