With the legislative session coming to an end at midnight on Sunday, local school officials are still trying to sort out the fine details when it comes to funding.

The Legislature passed two bills that would help schools pay for bulletproof glass, monitoring systems, secure entrances as well as mental health counseling. Lawmakers included 28-million dollars in a mammoth spending package and another 25-million dollars in the public works bill.

Additional money for schools was included in several different bills, pulling from several different funding sources to help avert teacher layoffs and program cuts. Much of the 225-million dollar total came by allowing districts to shift existing funding for community programming and teacher training to solve their budget woes.

Mankato Schools Superintendent Sheri Allen says it was encouraging to see some flexibility with the district’s funds.

“For example, staff development and being able to decide if that 2-percent, or do we need to allocate it differently than what we’ve done, which is all around that school safety. Plus some funding for the safe school bill, which would be great. When we did the math it would be about 123-thousand dollars for us.”

Another piece would be the tax conformity bill that in the final hours of the session included 138-million dollars in emergency school aid.

“It’s that idea that we’re not funded enough, therefore if we could do an emergency 2-percent, what that would do for us is help fund the cross-subsidy that we experience that’s not covered through federal special education.”

Special Education in the Mankato District is underfunded by 5.9-million dollars a year.

Governor Mark Dayton has still not signed the bills into law.