As Funding for Schools drop, so do Missouri D.A.R.E. programs for the kids. Erica Coghill has more from the State Capital.
Wrap: The Jackson School District is dropping it's Drug Abuse Resistance Education programs to compensate for budget cuts.
Superintendent of the Jackson School District, Dr. Ron Anderson says the district began making decisions winter of last year when they noticed budget issues and realized funding was going to be reduced.
Anderson says getting rid of the D.A.R.E. programs was an option for surviving the budget cuts.
|Description: "We thought that, that was an area that wouldn't have a drastic negative impact."|
Missouri Department of Education's Ron Lankford, said some research shows no evidence of D.A.R.E. keeping kids away from drugs.
The Jackson School District's decision to get rid of the program saved them about 35-thousand dollars.
From the State Capital, I'm Erica Coghill.
Some Missouri Schools drop D.A.R.E. programs to survive budget cuts. Erica Coghill has more from the State Capital.
Wrap: After 12 years of D.A.R.E., the Jackson School District is dropping the program to compensate for budget cuts.
Missouri Department of Education's Ron Lankford says the federal government's current administration stopped funding for Safe Drug Free Schools.
Jackson School District Superintendent, Ron Anderson says without the funding, along with other budget cuts, they've had to find a way to survive and cutting the D.A.R.E. program was just one of those ways.
|Description: "Just for example, we've really been working hard with energy for the last couple of years in particular, to make sure that we're as efficient as we can be, that our settings are, night set backs and our temperatures are reasonable."|
Anderson says personnel is the biggest cost and cutting the D.A.R.E. program saved them about 35-thousand dollars, which is equivalent to a teaching position. From the State Capital, I'm Erica Coghill.
Missouri schools are stuggling with budgets and one school is dropping it's D.A.R.E. program to compensate. Erica Coghill has more from the State Capital.
Wrap: After 12 years of the program, the Jackson School District is cutting it's Drug Abuse Resistance Education to survive budget cuts and reduced funding.
Jackson's Superintendent, Dr. Ron Anderson says the decision has saved them about 35-thousand dollars, which is equivalent to a teaching position.
Anderson says without D.A.R.E., they've implemented their own program to make up for it.
|Description: "We have added social workers over the last few years that have really come in to help us in some areas that we've had some issues with, that uh, you know, provided some of the communication and opportunities for a staff to resolve problems."|
He says there is no void without D.A.R.E. because they are replacing the programs by expanding and broadening others. From the State Capital, I'm Erica Coghill.