Washington, DC— Nevada Senator Harry Reid today met with officials from the Churchill County School District to discuss the importance of federal Impact Aid to give Nevada students the tools they need to receive a quality education. Reid met with Superintendent Dr. Carolyn Ross, School Board President Greg Koenig and School Board Member Don Keele, who were in Washington, DC to attend the National Association of Federally Impacted Schools conference.
“Schools in Churchill County and across Nevada need all the help they can get to provide their students with the quality education they need to compete in the global economy,” said Reid. “Rural schools are many times at an unfair funding disadvantage because of all the federal land in their districts, which is why Impact Aid is so important. Especially while Nevada’s budget outlook remains so uncertain, I will keep fighting to ensure our state’s schools have access to all the resources available to ensure our children receive the best possible education.”
“At a time when the state is struggling to fund education, Impact Aid helps us pay teachers and give our students the resources they need to succeed in the classroom,” Koenig said. “I applaud Senator Reid’s commitment to education in Churchill County, which he’s demonstrating by ensuring that our school district continues to receive this important funding.”
Impact Aid aims to compensate local school districts for activities on federal lands, including military bases and Indian reservations, and the resulting loss of property or other tax revenue.
Churchill County receives Impact Aid payments as a result of the Fallon Naval Air Station and the Pyramid Lake, Walker River, and Fallon Paiute lands, whose students attend Churchill County schools. Last year, payments averaging $1,200 were made to about 1,220 school districts across the country on behalf of over 930,000 students.