The process of putting together a budget for the next fiscal year running from July 1 through June 30, 2014 has begun in the Alton School District.  Chris Norman (pictured), Director of Fincancial Services for the district, says that the district has had to deal with state funding that comes in sporadically at best over the past several years, and that has presented some unique challenges.

Those challenges revolve around finding ways to save money wherever possible.  He says while there has been plenty of hand-wringing, there have also been a number of positives.

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He says they are also keeping a close eye on the Statehouse, as some lawmakers from Chicago have suggested shifting more of the pension-funding liability to local school districts.

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