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STARBASE is in danger

April 7, 2013

Norine Coffin, Minot As of two weeks ago, an awesome educational program in our community has been placed in an uncertain futur....

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Independent

Apr-07-13 9:02 AM

How about the State of North Dakota paying for this?

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Nancy1

Apr-07-13 12:19 PM

This is a federally run and funded program. The state cannot fund it because it is part of the Department of Defense. They also fund the three schools at the air base as there are no property taxes to fund them.

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Independent

Apr-07-13 8:49 PM

Nancy1...I agree with the funded portion of your comment. As for the rest, please provide proof.

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Nancy1

Apr-08-13 12:19 AM

To get proof just call Scott Moum, business manager for the school district. You can get a copy of the school budget which includes the three schools on base. It is all public record.

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JackAaah

Apr-08-13 11:47 AM

I agree....this is federally funded....so it is NOT costing anyone anything. This gift to the state and Minot must continue. And it should be a defense department expenditure, as I feel we all know we do have plenty of money in the defense budget for education also....we could possibly eliminate the Dept of Education, and have the Defense Dept fund education....

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obertc

Apr-08-13 11:52 AM

Nancy1, the ND DoD Starbase program is not federally run. There are contract teachers that is paid by Minot Public School, and the DoD reimburses MPS for their salaries. Also, the program isn't going away. The DoD has been told to zero out the budget and the program will be moved to the Dept of Education. What the Dept of Education does with it, is uncertain at this time.

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Nancy1

Apr-14-13 10:36 AM

That is correct the teachers are paid through the MPS but the money used to pay for this program all comes from the federal program which comes to MPS for that purpose. Junior-ROTC is another federal program. MPS complies with all the regulations to have that program. However, in ROTC MPS pays half of the salaries.

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Independent

Oct-26-13 7:27 AM

To Nancy1, now that Fiscal Year 2013 is behind us...how did the Starbase program workout?

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