Fishers Town Council passes resolution after leading the charge in Hamilton County
The Fishers Town Council approved a joint school funding resolution Feb. 17 in an effort to bring attention to the inequalities in the state funding formula that plagues Hamilton County school districts. The vote culminated weeks of coordinated meetings with Hamilton County municipal and school officials.
“This resolution marks the first time the municipal governments have come together on an issue which signifies how vital this is,” said Scott Fadness, Fishers town manager. “We are working closely with State Representative Todd Huston to mitigate the effects of legislation that would significantly reduce transportation funding for our schools.”
Despite demonstrated achievement throughout the schools of Hamilton County, the school systems receive some of the lowest per pupil funding of all schools throughout the state, threatening the long-term sustainability of central Indiana’s high-performing communities. By comparison, Hamilton Southeastern Schools receives the second lowest state funds in Indiana.
“We would like to thank the Fishers Town Council and Scott Fadness for their leadership in support of adequate funding for our schools,” said Brian Smith, HSE superintendent. “The council has also reached beyond their jurisdictional boundaries, and asked other elected officials to help fix the school funding issues across Hamilton County.”
The Town of Fishers works closely with HSE to improve efficiency in an effort to alleviate the already inadequate funding. HSE has partnered with the Department of Public Works to maintain the district’s grounds, allowing the HSE to free up general fund dollars for classroom resources and teaching positions. However, the disparity in the state funding formula continues to unreasonably burden the growing schools systems of Hamilton County.
“Hamilton County is an economic driver for central Indiana with continued growth and the ability to attract corporate citizens as well as a highly educated workforce by offering a lauded quality of life that must include excellent public school options,” said John Weingardt, Town Council president. “Nothing is more important to our community.”
Learn more about the Hamilton County School Funding Resolution adopted by Fishers Town Council, Carmel City Council, Hamilton County Commissioners, Fishers’ Chamber of Commerce and the HSE School Board and is still under consideration by the other municipalities in Hamilton County.