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. 


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