Residents of the Edwardsville School District could have a say in how the district receives new funding in the coming years. The Edwardsville School Board has decided to put a question of future funding for the school district before voters next year after strong opposition from residents to a so-called “backdoor referendum” approved by the board last month.
The previously approved funding package would have issued $10-million in bonds without the need for voter approval. A group of residents presented more than 36-hundred signatures against the bonds to the county clerk’s office, which would have either forced a public vote on the funding, or the district could opt to go another route. At its meeting this week, the school district announced it would seek a long-term solution to the funding challenges and ask voters to approve a bond issue in November of 2016. The Edwardsville School District, like other public school districts in the state, is facing a funding shortfall from the state. Edwardsville believes it will face a $4.5 million deficit in state funding this coming fiscal year. The bond issue would have helped cover deficits for the remainder of this year and help cover potential shortfalls into 2018.