Coffman not celebrating yet

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Aug 22, 2013 - 8:56:13 AM

Marlow Superintendent George Coffman is not going to take anything about state money allotment seriously until he sees the money for himself.
The state released its initial school allocations for 2013 and 2014 with Marlow and Central High getting an increase and Bray-Doyle getting a decrease.
Marlow saw a raise of 6.17 percent from nearly $3.3 million to nearly $3.5 million. Central High’s allocation went from just over $900,000 to nearly $1.1 million for a 18.17 percent increase. Bray-Doyle went from just under $1.1 million to $890,000 for a 17.9 percent drop.
“I’m going to wait and see,” Coffman said. “It all depends on the impact State Questions 766 and 758 have, which we will see when taxes become due. I’m very cautious because all things considered, we’re technically down.”
Coffman has stated in the past he is as nervous as he has ever been about allotments. He said he still feels that way.
It is for times like these when some schools take the approach of saving during the good times so the lean times will not be as hard to get through. Marlow was one of those schools which had a solid carryover from the previous year.
“I can tell you this much. No matter what, we are going to have school,” Coffman said. “Everything is going very smooth. We’ve got good kids, and we have teachers doing their job, everything is going real well.”