As we enter the last month of the school year, I would like to remind you to please check the district website for the many events that are going to happen as we conclude our present school year. Two such events are graduation, which is set for Sunday, May 21, 2017 for 1:00 pm and the last day of school for students is Friday, May 19, 2017 with a dismissal time of 1:45 pm.
Congratulations to Nikki Keltner, Chad Bremmer, Amy Lieb, and Wayne Crackenberger on their election to the Pearl City School Board. I truly believe each of them deeply care for our school and the students who we serve. The new board was seated and reorganized on Wednesday, April 19, 2017. Chad Bremmer was elected president, Amy Lieb was elected as the vice president, Nikki Keltner was elected as the secretary, Doug Visel was elected as the IASB governing board representative and Pearl City Education Foundation representative. I look forward to working with each of them.
As of this newsletter, the State has not approved a State budget. Without a budget and the lack of revenue flowing into education we become very concerned about the funding obligation to the schools. The State has made all of the general State Aid payments, but has not made any mandated categorical payments scheduled for 2016-17 To date, the State of Illinois is behind and owes us $213,576. Without a State budget, we do not anticipate receiving any of the four mandated payments amounting to $280,348 and remain concerned whether the State can or will continue to make the General State Aid payments. There are four General State Aid payments remaining with each payment being $66,394. We continue to monitor the State finances and will keep you informed on the financial impact it has on our District.
“I stand with more than 390 superintendents from across the state in a call for action,”. “We need to end the impasse now and move forward with a budget that will serve the two million K-12 Illinois public school students who represent our future.” The superintendents are calling on members of the Illinois General Assembly and the Governor to do the following:
● Immediately, and with bipartisan support, end the state budget impasse.
● Improve the state’s education funding formula and invest in students and schools, including higher education, throughout the state.
● Pay school districts what they are owed this year.
While K-12 education has benefited from a partially-funded state budget, Illinois schools, students, families, and communities will continue to suffer without a full state budget. Districts will continue to struggle if Mandated Categoricals, state payments which support special education, bilingual education, transportation, and other important services, do not get paid this year.
State revenue accounts for about 34% of Pearl City CUSD #200 budget. The 394 participating superintendents in this “call for action” represent 65 percent of Illinois’ public school students.
Thank you for helping make our schools great.