CPN makes first 2021 quarterly contribution to schools, FJC

Vicky O. Misa
The Shawnee News-Star
Person counting money.

County school districts — and the Family Justice Center — are continuing to gather additional funds to support education, thanks to an area tribe, the Citizen Potawatomi Nation (CPN).

When voters backed a .49-cent Pottawatomie County sales tax increase for schools in 2015, CPN voluntarily stepped up to make contributions, as well. Making payments on a quarterly basis, CPN has increased county school funding by an average of $51,682 per quarter — giving thousands of dollars in added revenue for districts.

In March, CPN's first contribution of 2021 to the 14 school districts in Pottawatomie County and the Family Justice Center (FJC) was put on the books.

This is one of typically four handouts each year CPN has doled out since the county's education tax began.

Reported March 2021 contributions were:

• McLoud — $6,980.62

• Dale — $3,330.42

• Bethel — $5,030.62

• Macomb — $1,099.77

• Earlsboro — $1,154.91

• North Rock Creek — $3,762.75

• Grove — $2,207.08

• Pleasant Grove — $1,002.97

• South Rock Creek — $1,765.25

• Tecumseh — $8,775.66

• Shawnee — $14,892.91

• Asher — $1,169.30

• Wanette — $566.73

• Maud — $1,073.35

• Family Justice Center — $533.46

According to county records to date, since November 2016 CPN has given $930,273.92 to help fund county school districts and the FJC.

In 2021 ($53,345.80) so far:

• March — $53,345.80

In 2020 ($222,450.80):

• February — $53,649.41

• May — $56,371.56

• August — $55,932.61

• December — $56,497.22

In 2019 ($260,252.13):

• January — $51,243.76

• February — $52,475.64

• May — $49,505.95

• September — $53,573.39

• November — $53,453.39

In 2018 ($148,016.98):

• March — $49,940.88

• June — $46,785.84

• August — $51,290.26

In 2017 ($196,054.86):

• February — $50,610.12

• May — $46,185.49

• September — $50,518.60

• November — $48,740.65

In 2016 ($50,153.35):

• November — $50,153.35

FJC

From part of those contributions by CPN, the Family Justice Center has received $9,302.74 so far:

In 2021 ($533.46) so far:

• March — $533.46

In 2020 ($2,224.51):

• February — $536.49

• May — $563.72

• August — $559.33

• December — $564.97

In 2019 ($2,602.52):

• January — $512.44

• February — $524.76

• May — $495.06

• September — $535.73

• November — $534.53

In 2018 ($1,480.17):

• March — $499.41

• June — $467.86

• August — $512.90

In 2017 ($1,960.55):

• February — $506.10

• May — $461.85

• September — $505.19

• November — $487.41

In 2016 ($501.53):

• November — $501.53

School districts

The grand total so far for all schools — minus the Family Justice Center — from November 2016 to March 2021, is $920,971.18.

Grand totals, to date, for each school district are:

• McLoud — $125,055.78

• Dale — $57,582.21

• Bethel — $91,485.77

• Macomb — $19,644.77

• Earlsboro — $19,365.86

• North Rock Creek — $50,144.13

• Grove — $36,025.20

• Pleasant Grove — $17,918.89

• South Rock Creek — $29,182.39

• Tecumseh — $152,958.61

• Shawnee — $269,482.81

• Asher — $20,199.52

• Wanette — $10,872.71

• Maud — $21,052.53

For story ideas, questions or concerns, reporter Vicky O. Misa can be reached at vicky.misa@news-star.com.