Members of the Bethalto School Board have known for months that the state is behind in providing nearly 1 million dollars in promised funding to the district. What they didn’t know was that it would result in nearly half of their budget lines being in the red when it came time for the annual mid-year budget report, which was delivered to the board last night.
District Business Manager Russ Clover says that the state has to do a better job of prioritizing it's finances.
Clover also says that they will have watch spending closely and that they will have to be vigilant in watching the state government for legislation that could increase the financial struggles of small school districts, as he encouraged the board to write leaders in Springfield about HB 2703. If that proposed measure becomes law, it would limit the districts ability to increase local revenue and prorate all general state aid.
In other business, the board approved a resolution that will expand an existing program from Meadowbrook Elementary through all grade levels at Trimpe Middles School. By implementing the Illinois Math and Science Academy Fusion program at Trimpe, school officials believe classroom performance will be elevated while the new common core state standards are also reinforced. The expansion of the program will cost the district close to 2500 dollars annually.