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Fayette board member concerned about disparity in schools' activity funds

Fayette County school board member Doug Barnett listened as Fayette County Public Schools Superintendent Tom Shelton and other members of the board heard explanations about and budget proposals on May 27, 2014.
Fayette County school board member Doug Barnett listened as Fayette County Public Schools Superintendent Tom Shelton and other members of the board heard explanations about and budget proposals on May 27, 2014.

Fayette County Public Schools should try to help schools that can't raise as much money as other schools and don't have as much in their activity funds, board member Doug Barnett said during Monday night's school board meeting.

Barnett said he was responding to a recent Herald-Leader article that showed money raised by parents and students for trips, athletics and extra academic supplies varied by thousands of dollars among schools. Barnett said he represented schools with smaller activity funds and was concerned that the disparity was having a negative effect.

"I would like to see if we can figure out some way to help those schools in areas like fundraising," Barnett said. Without adequate activity funds, "we're never going to see the student achievement that we would like to see," he said.

Superintendent Tom Shelton said district officials would "take a look at that" and would report back to the board for further discussion.

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