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  • More School Districts join the Pass Illinois Budget Initiative

    Posted by Communications@sd308.org at 5/8/2017

    To date, 416 superintendents from as many school districts have signed the “Pass Illinois Budget!” grassroots initiative. Collectively, the districts represent more than 1.3 million Illinois students.

     

    This number has increased from the 390 school districts that signed on to the initiative when it launched last month.

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  • School District 308 Signs the Pass Illinois Budget Initiative

    Posted by Communications@sd308.org at 4/24/2017

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    Oswego, Ill. (April 24, 2017) — Community Unit School District 308 has joined other public school districts throughout the state to ask the governor and state legislators to pass a state budget. So far, more than 390 superintendents from as many school districts have signed the “Pass Illinois Budget!” grassroots initiative. Collectively, the districts represent more than 1.2 million Illinois students.

     

    "Not having a state budget for two years is unacceptable, and that’s why we support the Pass Illinois Budget initiative. Our governor and state legislators need to hear that the state’s public schools and school children count on them to do their jobs,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. John W. Sparlin.

     

    Kindergarten through 12th grade has benefited from a partially-funded budget, but without a full budget, the state’s schools and students will continue to suffer the risk of unbalanced budgets and unfunded programming.

     

    Schools will also suffer if Mandated Categorical payments are reduced or not received during FY 2017. For School District 308, that equates to $11 million of MCAT reimbursements it is anticipating to-date. If no payments are received this year, the total would be $15 million.

     

    Districts that have signed on to the initiative 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
    • Fix the education funding formula and invest in students in schools, including higher education, throughout the state
    • Pay school districts what they are owed this year

     

    As legislators return to Springfield following spring break, school districts are using school marquees to share their frustration with the state budget crisis and taking to social media with a call to #PassILBudget. The initiative also urges lawmakers and the Governor to improve the state’s education funding formula, and pay school districts millions of dollars owed in unpaid bills this year.

     

    For more information, visit the School District 308 Budget 101 web page that includes the latest news, updates and information about the district’s budget situation.

     

     

     

    Additional Information:

     

    The 394 participating superintendents represent 65 percent of Illinois’ public school students from Carbondale to Chicago to Rockford and are listed as follows:

     

    Mr. Tony Sanders, School District U-46 (39,963)

    Dr. Karen Sullivan, Indian Prairie CUSD 204 (28,283)

    Dr. Jeff Craig, Aurora West SD 129 (12,554)

    Dr. Jennifer Garrison, Sandoval CUSD 501 (485)

    Mr. Forrest Claypool, City of Chicago SD 299 (392,051)

    Dr. Ehren Jarrett, Rockford Public School District 205 (28,459)

    Dr. Lane Abrell, Plainfield SD 202 (27,877)

    Mr. Fred Heid, CUSD 300 (20,926)

    Dr. John Sparlin, Oswego CUSD 308 (18,500)

    Dr. James Mitchem, Valley View CUSD 365U (17,020)

    Mrs. Jennifer Gill, Springfield SD 186 (14,893)

    Dr. Mark Daniel, McLean County USD 5 (13,751)

    Dr. Sharon Kherat, Peoria Public School District 150 (13,297)

    Dr. Donald Schlomann, St. Charles CUSD 303 (12,915)

    Dr. Jeff Schuler, CUSD 200 (Wheaton) (12,876)

    Dr. Brian Harris, Barrington CUSD 220 (8,850)

    Mr. Jim Greenwald, Granite City CUSD 9 (6,200)

    Mr. Arthur Culver,  East St. Louis SD 189 (6,086)

    Dr. Barry Reilly, Bloomington SD 87 (5,455)

    Dr. Donald D. Owen, Urbana School District 116 (4,200)

    Dr. Todd Stirn, Burlington Central 301 (4,055)

    Mrs. Mary Havis, Berwyn South SD 100 (3,936)

    Dr. Ben Martindale, North Chicago SD 187 (3,676)

    Dr. Michael Lubelfeld, Deerfield SD 109 (2,973)

    Dr. Greggory Fuerstenau, Taylorville CUSD 3 (2,628)

    Mr. Mike Gauch, Harrisburg CUSD 3 (2,054)

    Mr. Chuck Lane, Centralia HSD 200 (931)

    Mr. David Rademacher- Patoka CUSD 100 (241)

    Mr. Kerry Herdes- South Central CUD 401 (649)

    Mr. Matt Renaud- Raccoon CONS SD 1 (234)

    Mr. Craig Clark- Centralia SD 135 (1,337)

    Mr. John Consolino, Iuka CCSD 7 (209)

    Mr. Ralph Grimm, Galesburg CUSD 205 (4,542)

    Mr. Kristin Humphries, East Moline SD 37 (2,804)

    Mr. Brad Skertich, Southwestern CUSD 9 (1,512)

    Mr. Rich Well, Vandalia CUSD 203 (1,536)

    Mr. Dan Cox, Staunton CUSD 6 (1,273)

    Mr. Tim Branon, Central City SD 133 (321)

    Mr. Robin Brooks, Selmaville CCSD 10 (246)

    Mr. Brad Detering, Salem CHSD 600 (736)

    Ms. Leslie Foppe, Salem SD 111 (1,044)

    Dr. David Lett, Pana CUSD 8 (1,314)

    Mr. Jeff Humes, Odin PSD 722 (301)

    Mr. Fred Lamkey, Edinburg CUSD 4 (289)

    Mr. Chris McCann, Kell Cons. SD 2 (114)

    Mr. David Schulte, Irvington CCSD 11 (58)

    Dr. Melissa Kaczkowski, Roselle SD 12 (708)

    Dr. John Butts, Medinah SD 11 (645)

    Dr. Susan Homes, Smithton CCSD 130 (518)

    Dr. Kristen Kendrick-Weikle, Warrensburg-Latham CUSD 11 (953)

    Mr. Gary Miller, Momence CUSD 1 (1,180)

    Mr. Daniel Brue, Meridian CUSD 15 (1,035)

    Dr. Scott Doerr, Nokomis CUSD 22 (640)

    Dr. Andrew Brooks, Delavan CUSD 703 (474)

    Dr. Kerry L. Cox, Carrollton CUSD 1 (601)

    Dr. Lisa Hichens, Batavia USD 101 (6,022)

    Mr. Ryan Heavner, Greenview CUSD 200 (243)

    Mr. David Chavira, East Coloma-Nelson CESD 20 (291)

    Mr. Andy Richmond, Carbon Cliff-Barstow SD 36 (304)

    Dr. DeAnn Heck, Central A&M CUD 21 (771)

    Mr. Victor White, Prairieview-Ogden CCSD 197 (243)

    Mr. Brad Turner, Mulberry Grove CUSD 1 (425)

    Dr. Lori Franke-Hopkins, Jersey CUSD 100 (2,556)

    Mr. Todd Pence, St. Joseph CCSD 169 (875)

    Ernie Fowler, Nashville CHSD 99 (404)

    Dr. Diane Cepela, Newark CCSD 66 (240)

    Mr. Scott Watson, Bismarck Henning CUSD (909)

    Mr. Shannon Bumann, AlWood CUSD 225 (390)

    Dr. Chad Wagner, Elmwood CUSD 322 (705)

    Dr. Chad Allison, Illinois Valley Central USD 321 (2,167)

    Dr. Lynn Panega, Lake Park High School District 108 (2,642)

    Dr. Patrick Anderson, Wood River-Hartford ESD 15 (749)

    Mr. Erik Van Hoveln, Windsor CUSD 1 (380)

    Mrs. Brenda Donahue, Marseilles ESD 150 (594)

    Mr. Kenneth Schwengel, Arthur Community Unit SD 305 (1,251)

    Dr. Lance Thurman, Riverton CUSD 14 (1,427)

    Mr. Darryl Hogue, River Bend CUSD 2 (982)

    Mr. William Faller, Pecatonica CUSD 321 (898)

    Mrs. Sandra Kabat, Farrington CCSD 99 (75)

    Mr. Jim Littleford, Charleston CUSD 1 (2,860)

    Mr. Rolf Sivertsen, Canton Union SD 66 (2,604)

    Mr. Christopher Grode, Murphysboro CUSD 186 (2,138)

    Mr. Edward Fletcher, Monmouth-Roseville CUSD 238 (1,708)

    Dr. Roger Alvey, Illini Bluffs CUSD 327 (961)

    Dr. Scott Dearman, Deer Creek-Mackinaw CUSD 701 (1,100)

    Mrs. Dee Scott, Casey-Westfield CUSD 4C (893)

    Dr. Douglas Wood, Ball-Chatham CUSD 5 (4,797)

    Mr. Tad Everett, Sterling CUSD 5 (3,458)

    Dr. Kevin Cogdill, Marissa CUSD 40 (617)

    Dr. Christine A. Sefcik, Grant Community HSD 124 (1,912)

    Cathie Pezanoski, Elwood CCSD 203 (380)

    Ms. Drusilla Lobmaster, Ludlow CCSD 142 (80)

    Dr. Kimako Patterson, Prairie-Hills ESD 144 (2,563)

    Dr. David Moyer, Elmhurst SD 205 (8,436)

    Dr. Kevin Suchinski, Hillside SD 93 (508)

    Mr. Larry Lovel, Trico CUSD 176 (963)

    Mr. Michael Smith, Tuscola CUSD 301 (981)

    Mr. Brian Brooks, St. Joseph Ogden CHSD 305 (470)

    Mrs. Kathy Countryman, Sycamore CUSD 427 (3,795)

    Dr. Jay Morrow, United Township High School District 30 (1,712)

    Mr. Aaron Hopper, Panhandle CUSD 2 (500)

    Dr. Mike Oberhaus, Rock Island SD 41 (6,767)

    Dr. John Burkey, Huntley Community SD 158 (9,473)

    Mr. Jeff Hinman, Tremont CUSD 702 (930)

    Dr. Art Fessler, Community Consolidated SD 59 (6,902)

    Dr. Judy Wiegand, Champaign CUSD 4 (9,951)

    Dr. Jon Bartelt, Bloomingdale SD13 (1,291)

    Dr. Jim Carlson, Seneca Township HSD 160 (448)

    Mrs. Kelle Bunch, Liberty CUSD 2 (658)

    Dr. Lori James-Gross, Unity Point CCSD 140 (705)

    Mr. Geoff A. Schoonover, Cornell CCSD 426 (102)

    Dr. Mike Schiffman, Freeport SD 145 (4,118)

    Dr. Kevin Russell, Chicago Ridge School Dist. 127.5 (1,505)

    Dr. Michael Connolly, Keeneyville ESD 20 (1,525)

    Dr. Nick Polyak, Leyden CHSD 212 (3,375)

    Mrs. Robin Becker, Germantown SD 60 (265)

    Mr. Norm Tracy, Villa Grove CUSD 302 (670)

    Dr. Dale Mitchell, Homewood SD 153 (1,970)

    Dr. Lynette Zimmer, Lake Villa CCSD 41 (2,759)

    Dr. Timothy Shimp, Yorkville CUSD 115 (5,980)

    Mr. David Fults, Willow Grove SD 46 (166)

    Mr. Wes Olson, Bond County CUSD 2 (1,901)

    Mr. Bill Wrenn, Midland CUSD 7 (706)

    Mr. David Thomas and Mr. Alan Estes, Waltonville CUSD 1 (379)

    Mrs. Melissa Ritter, Ramsey CUSD 204 (456)

    Dr. Bill Shields, Community Consolidated SD 93 (3,821)

    Mr. Andrew Larson, Tolono CUSD 7 (1,681)

    Ms. Debbie Poffinbarger, Litchfield CUSD 12 (1,457)

    Mr. Mike Curry, V I T CUSD 2 (369)

    Mr. Steve Wilder, Knoxville CUSD 202 (1,109)

    Dr. Dan Oest, Nippersink S.D. 2 (1,137)

    Dr. Dan Oest, Richmond-Burton C.H.S.D 157 (709)

    Dr. Todd Hellrigel, Midwest Central CUSD 191 (986)

    Dr. Mike Kuzniewski, J.S. Morton High School District 201 (8,290)

    Mr. Ryan Hobbs, Eldorado CUSD 4 (1,224)

    Mr. Jerry W. Farris, Flanagan-Cornell Unit 74 (361)

    Mr. Joe Burgess, Jr., Genoa-Kingston CUSD 424 (1,739)

    Mr. Mark E. Doan, Effingham CUSD 40 (2,634)

    Mr. Jeff Fritchtnitch, Altamont CUSD 10 (761)

    Mr. Gary Lewis, Oakwood CUSD 76 (1,022)

    Mr. Matthew W. Brue, PORTA CUSD 202 (1,132)

    Dr. Robert Green, Collinsville CUSD 10 (6,558)

    Dr. Lori Gehrke, Rockdale School District 84 (300)

    Mr. Rick Schmitt, Sandwich CUSD 430 (2,098)

    Mrs. Susan E. Wilson, Blue Ridge CUSD 18 (784)

    Dr. Jeff Dosier, Belleville Township High School District 201 (4,822)

    Mr. Joe Novsek, Carlyle CUSD 1 (1,069)

    Mr. Tom Berg, Hampton School District 29 (224)

    Ms. Sarah Emery, Grayville CUSD 1 (311)

    Dr. Peggy Manville, New Lenox School District 122 (5,219)

    Dr. Janet Gladu, Griggsville-Perry CUSD 4 (390)

    Mr. Bill Fritcher, Teutopolis Unit 50 (1,061)

    Mr. Gary DePatis, Morrisonville CUSD 1 (325)

    Mr. Adam Bussard, Brownstown CUSD 201 (384)

    Mr. Jeff Strieker, Breese Elementary District 12 (603)

    Dr. Seth Miller, Westville School District 2 (1,304)

    Mr. Gary Alexander, Pawnee School District 11 (654)

    Mr. Mark Cross, Peru Elementary School District 124 (930)

    Mr. John Bute, Central SD 104 (640)

    Mr. Jonathan Green, Millstadt Community Consolidated SD 160 (827)

    Mr. Rich Faivre, Earlville CUSD 9 (442)

    Dr. Kristen School, Mendota Elementary 289 (1,238)

    Mrs. Kristine Eager, Waltham CCSD 185 (220)

    Dr. Terri Bresnahan, Berkeley School District 87 (2,783)

    Dr. Paul Gordon, Glen Ellyn School District 41 (3,539)

    Mr. Carl Carlson, Putnam County CUSD 535 (858)

    Dr. Constance Collins, Round Lake Area Schools CUSD 116 (7,297)

    Mr. Jay Streicher, Somonauk CUSD 432 (808)

    Mr. Michael Cushing, Ottawa Township High School District 140 (1,470)

    Mr. Matt Plater, Havana School District 126 (1,026)

    Mr. Greg Stott, Kings CSD 144 (66)

    Mr. Dan Mair, Germantown Hills SD 69 (886)

    Dr. Donna S. Leak, Community Consolidated SD 168 (1,806)

    Mr. John R. Langton, Addison School District 4 (4,262)

    Dr. Alicia Geddis, Danville CCSD 118 (6,036)

    Mr. Shannon Duling, Princeville CUSD 326 (768)

    Dr. Cheryl McCarthy, Joliet Township High School District 204 (6,401)

    Dr. Theresa Rouse, Joliet Public Schools D86 (11,513)

    Mr. Darrick Reiley, Monroe SD 70 (315)

    Mr. Scott Fuhrhop, West Washington Co. CUSD 10 (541)

    Mr. Cary Jackson, Dieterich CUSD 30 (496)

    Dr. John H. Correll, Salt Creek School District 48 (500)

    Dr. James M. Gay, Consolidated High School District 230 (7,490)

    Dr. Vic Zimmerman, Monticello CUSD 25 (1,621)

    Mr. Matt Runge, Pleasant Plains CUSD 8 (1,265)

    Dr. Elizabeth Pressler, Neoga CUSD 3 (660)

    Mr. Marty Payne, Metamora CCSD 1 (875)

    Dr. Daniel Johnson, Johnsburg CUSD 12 (1,976)

    Dr. Scott A. Goselin, Bradley School District 61 (1,596)

    Mrs. Carrie Hruby, O’Fallon CCSD 90 (3,515)

    Dr. Carmen I. Ayala, Berwyn North SD 98 (3,251)

    Mr. Chris Long, Palestine Unit 3 (336)

    Mrs. Denise Bence, Shelbyville CUSD 4 (1,200)

    Mr. Loren Baele, Oak Grove SD 68 (Bartonville) (292)

    Mrs. Bonnie McArthur, Thomasboro CCSD 130 (163)

    Dr. Kathy J. Hinz, Crystal Lake CCSD 47 (7,604)

    Mrs. Julie Shellberg, Ridgeland School District 122 (2,400)

    Dr. Tim Mahaffy, Fox River Grove SD 3 (430)

    Dr. Valerie Moore, Brookwood SD 167 (1,189)

    Mr. Adam Brumbaugh, West Carroll CUSD 314 (1,020)

    Dr. Paul McDermott, Forest Ridge School District 142 (1,633)

    Dr. Joe Salmieri, Laraway CCSD 70c (450)

    Mr. Dwight Stricklin, Lexington CUSD 7 (486)

    Mr. Michael Pillion, Oglesby School District 125 (588)

    Mr. Jim Hermes, Spring Valley CCSD 99 (705)

    Dr. Kenneth Wallace, Maine Township HSD 207 (6,374)

    Mr. Dan Bridges, Naperville CUSD 203 (16,788)

    Mr. Randall Toepke, Metamora Township High School (977)

    Dr. Michele Lindenmeyer, Stewardson-Strasburg CUSD 5A (348)

    Mr. Scott Cameron, Beecher City CUSD 20 (320)

    Mr. Jeff Holmes, Deland-Weldon CUSD 57 (207)

    Mr. Jeff Prusator, Mendota Township HSD 280 (577)

    Mr. Don Willett, Astoria CUSD 1 (364)

    Mrs. Amy Smith, Newark Community High School 18 (182)

    Mr. Tim Buss, Wabash CUSD 348 (1,562)

    Mr. Brad Tuttle, Sullivan Community Unit SD 300 (1,139)

    Mr. Dale Sauer, Shiloh Village School District 85 (587)

    Mr. Chad Colmone, Prophetstown-Lyndon-Tampico CUSD 3 (899)

    Mr. Mark A. Hettmansberger, Odell CCSD 435 (171)

    Dr. Nancy Wagner, Beach Park School District 3 (2,304)

    Mr. Stan Adcock, Paw Paw CUSD 271 (204)

    Dr. Daniel L. Oakley, Fieldcrest CUSD 6 (1,091)

    Mrs. Paula Hawley, Pikeland CUSD 10 (1,311)

    Dr. P.J. Caposey, Meridian CUSD 223 (1,750)

    Mr. Art Ryan, Cahokia Unit School District 187 (3,490)

    Mr. Darren Root, Auburn CUSD 10 (1,395)

    Mr. Michael Struna, Hall High School District 502 (396)

    Dr. Phillip Cox, Salt Fork CUSD 512 (912)

    Dr. Ty Harting, Community High School District 218 (5,383)

    Dr. Jean M. Neal, Georgetown-Ridge Farm CUSD 4 (1,071)

    Dr. Kevin Myers, Mundelein High School District 120 (2,053)

    Dr. Johnnie Thomas, Community HS District 155 (6,200)

    Dr. Paul D. Goren, Evanston/Skokie District 65 (7,805)

    Dr. Todd J. Koehl, Troy CCSD 30-C (4,300)

    Mr. Todd Butler, Cumberland CUSD 77 (998)

    Mr. Stuart L. Parks, Spring Garden School District 178 (250)

    Dr. Richard Jancek, Dwight Common Grade School 232 (575)

    Dr. Richard Jancek, Dwight Township High School 230 (275)

    Mr. Tim Dotson, Limestone Walters CCSD 316 (200)

    Mr. Brian Coleman, Cary Community Consolidated SD 26 (2,433)

    Dr. Kim Petrasek, Mannheim District 83 (2,742)

    Mr. Charles Peterson, Oakdale CCSD 1 (78)

    Mr. Larry Bussard, Richland County CUSD 1 (2,400)

    Mr. Byron Sondgeroth, North Pekin-Marquette Heights SD 102 (605)

    Mr. Larry D. Lilly, Mattoon CUSD 2 (3,463)

    Dr. Chad Allaman, District 50 Schools (Washington) (987)

    Mr. Jeff Fetcho, Hamilton County Unit 10 Schools (1,250)

    Dr. Anthony J. Palmisano, School District 45 (3,530)

    Dr. Thomas R. Chiles, Lena-Winslow CUSD 202 (825)

    Dr. Lisa Parker, Dunlap CUSD 323 (4,463)

    Mr. Dale Heidbreder, Washington Central School District 51 (1,344)

    Mr. Joel Hackney, Flora CUSD 35 (1,389)

    Dr. Tim Arnold, Center Cass School District 66 (1,023)

    Mrs. Sheila Greenwod, Bement CUSD 5 (335)

    Mr. Ryan Linning, Dimmick CCSD 175 (163)

    Dr. Nicholas Henkle, Channahon School District 17 (1,267)

    Dr. Thomas Livingston, Atwood Heights District 125 (730)

    Dr. Kate Hyland, Wheeling CCSD 21 (6,500)

    Dr. Darcy G. Benway, O’Fallon Township HSD 203 (2,500)

    Mr. Michael A. Toeben, Albers Elementary SD 63 (189)

    Mr. Ryan Robinson, Grand Prairie CCSD 6 (87)

    Mr. Brian Brink, McClellan CCSD 12 (67)

    Mr. Michael Brink, Nashville CCSD 49 (608)

    Mr. Mark Mitchell, Reed-Custer CUSD 255 (1,570)

    Dr. Robert M. Carlo, Darien Public Schools 61 (1,546)

    Dr. Lonny B. Lemon, Oak Grove 68 (883)

    Dr. Omar Castillo, Mokena School District 159 (1,580)

    Mr. Mike Ward, Illini Central CUSD 189 (761)

    Mr. Tom Akers, Cambridge CUSD 227 (498)

    Dr. Doug Domeracki, Community HSD 94 (2,012)

    Mr. Jakie Walker, Red Hill CUSD 10 (1,053)

    Mr. Rod Grimsley, Gifford CCSD 188 (200)

    Mr. Patreak Minasian, Washington Grade School District 52 (941)

    Dr. Terri S. VandeWiele, Silvis School District 34 (642)

    Dr. Gwynne Kell, Winfield School District 34 (320)

    Dr. Dawn Green, Palos Heights 128 (736)

    Mr. Doug Daugherty, Lawrence County CUSD 20 (1,231)

    Dr. Matthew W. Swick, Wilmington School District 209U (1,438)

    Mr. David Larkin, Woodlawn Unit School District 209 (529)

    Dr. Bill Link, Pekin Public School District 108 (3,752)

    Ms. Victoria Tabbert, Queen Bee District 16 (1,926)

    Mr. Mike Matteson, Wallace CCSD 195 (325)

    Mr. Mike Matteson, Rutland CCSD 230 (68)

    Dr. Craig Fiegel, Mascoutah CUSD 19 (3,800)

    Mrs. Lea Damisch, Marengo Union Elementary CSD 165 (1,036)

    Dr. Kate Sievers, Calhoun CUSD 40 (434)

    Mr. Scott Petrie, Mercer County School District 404 (1,350)

    Dr. Henry Thiele, CHSD 99 (4,956)

    Dr. Kevin J. O’Mara, Argo Community High School (1,816)

    Dr. Gary Kelly, DuQuoin CUSD 300 (1,421)

    Deborah Philpot, St. Elmo CUSD 202 (464)

    Dr. Tami Kampwerth, Aviston SD 21 (387)

    Jodi Moore, Leland CUSD 1 (267)

    Dr. Henrietta Young, Brooklyn Unit School District 188 (148)

    Mr. Robert Bardwell, Eureka CUSD 140 (1,550)

    Mr. Alan Boucher, Sherrard CUSD 200 (1,460)

    Dr. Kaine Osburn, Lake Zurich CUSD 95 (5,685)

    Mr. Kevin Meyer, Central Community High School 71 (579)

    Mr. Brian Dukes, Pontiac CCSD 429 (1,284)

    Mr. Todd Hamm, Mt. Pulaski CUSD 23 (545)

    Mr. Todd Bean, Rooks Creek CCSD 425 (52)

    Monty Aldrich, North Clay CUSD 25 (645)

    Russell A. Ragon, Manhattan SD 114 (1,434)

    Dr. Crystal Johnson, Rossville-Alvin CUSD 7 (420)

    Mr. John Thomas, Pembroke School District 259 (256)

    Dr. Lan Eberle, Bartonville Grade School District 66 (272)

    Mr. Erik Estill, Rome CCSD 2 (371)

    Mr. Tim Smith, Princeton Elementary 115 (1,163)

    Dr. Charles Johns, West Chicago Elementary District 33 (4,571)

    Dr. Tom Bertrand, Rochester CUSD 3A (2,322)

    Richard J. Craven, Rochelle Township High School District 212 (972)

    Dr. Shelly Davis-Jones, Dolton SD 149 (2,811)

    Chris Rademacher, Polo CUSD 222 (581)

    Mr. Joe Tieman, Gillespie CUSD 7 (1,322)

    Dr. Gina Segobiano, Columbia CUSD 4 (2,013)

    Mr. David Powell, Hillsboro CUSD 3 (1,792)

    Mrs. Lee Ann Meinhold, Hollis Consolidated School District 328 (162)

    Dr. John Palan, Grant Park CUSD 6 (516)

    Scott Bloomquist, Winnebago CUSD 323 (1,430)

    Dr. John Asplund, Farmington Central CUSD 265 (1,432)

    Dr. Travis L. McGuire, Hinckley-Big Rock CUSD 429 (701)

    Dr. Kristopher Monn, Minooka CCSD 201 (4,667)

    Mr. K. Bradley Cox, Erie CUSD 1 (665)

    Dr. Michael Miller, Henry-Senachwine CUSD 5 (596)

    Mr. Tim Thill, Pearl City CUSD 200 (467)

    Mr. Kevin Ross, Marshall CUSD 2C (1,421)

    Mrs. Tonya Evans, Central Community Unit SD 4 (1,128)

    Dr. Prentiss Lea, Community High School District 128 (3,400)

    Mr. Keith Hagene, Pinckneyville Community High School 101 (456)

    Dr. Scott Laird, Athens CUSD 213 (1,110)

    Mr. Kent Stauder, Okaw Valley CUSD 302 (513)

    Dr. John Ahlemeyer, Gavin SD 37 (871)

    Mr. Robert Bowser, Allendale CCSD 17 (138)

    Mr. Brad E. Morris, North Wamac Grade School District 186 (157)

    Mr. Brad Lee, Carmi-White County CUSD 5 (1,397)

    Mr. Mark Miller, Opdyke Belle Rive 5 (186)

    Ms. Diana Zurliene, Fairfield PSD 112 (723)

    Mr. Ryan McGuckin, Woodland CUSD 5 (512)

    Mr. Richard Towers, Christopher CUSD 99 (805)

    Ms. Helen Boehrnsen, St. George CCSD 258 (461)

    Mr. Mark Heuring, Damiansville Elementary SD 62 (114)

    Mr. Seth Mingus, South Pekin Grade School District 137 (228)

    Mr. Nathanial L. Wilson, DeSoto Cons. SD 86 (239)

    Dr. Rohn Peterson, Roanoke-Benson CUSD 60 (575)

    Mr. Matt Klosterman, Belleville Public School District 118 (3,890)

    Mrs. Jill Rogers, Martinsville CUSD C-3 (414)

    Dr. Chuck Nagel, East Peoria Community HSD 309 (1,050)

    Dr. Jennifer Kelsall, Ridgewood High School District 234 (856)

    Dr. Julie Morris, Harlem Consolidated School District 122 (6,743)

    Dr. Scott Helton, DuPage HSD 88 (4,075)

    Dr. Debbie Ehlenburg, Alden-Hebron School District 19 (441)

    Dr. Sandra Thomas, Country Club Hills SD 160 (1,300)

    Mr. Patrick Murphy, Mt. Olive CUSD 5 (494)

    Dr. Michael Riordan, Oak Lawn CHSD 229 (1,750)

    Dr. Kent Mutchler, Geneva CUSD 304 (5,839)

    Dr. Scott Tingley, Lincoln-Way High Community HS District 210 (6,975)

    Mr. Jon Kilgore, Pontiac Township HSD 90 (724)

    Mr. Bob Gold, Big Hollow School District 38 (1,790)

    Mr. Eric Misener, Seneca Grade School 170 (490)

    Dr. James Stelter, Bensenville SD2 (2,250)

    Joe Sornberger, ROWVA CUSD 208 (647)

    Mr. Greg Herbst, Galena USD 120 (834)

    Dr. Bhavna Sharma-Lewis, Diamond Lake SD 76 (1,049)

    Dr. Patrick M. Twomey, Macomb CUSD 185 (2,150)

    Dr. Rodolfo Hernandez, Cicero SD 99 (12,470)

    Dr. David Larson, Glenbard Township HSD 87 (8,173)

    Dr. Phil Ehrhardt, Benjamin School District 25 (636)

    Dr. Joseph J. Majchrowicz, Burnham School District 154.5 (218)

    Mrs. Ellen L. Correll, Grayslake CCSD 46 (3,855)

    Dr. Edward J. Stange, Sunset Ridge SD 29 (477)

    Mrs. Vicki Phillips, Brown County CUSD 1 (763)

    Dr. Linda Dvorak, Iroquois West CUSD 10 (993)

    Bobbi Williams, Decatur Public Schools 61 (9,106)

    Mr. Jeff Mitchell, Wayne City Unit 100 (515)

    Mr. Shawn Teske, Warren CUSD 205 (404)

    Mr. Randy Otto, DePue SD 103 (441)

    Dr. Kyle Schumacher, La Grange School District 102 (3,113)

    Mr. Tim Farquer, Williamsfield CUSD 210 (290)

    Dr. John Hutton, Gurnee District 56 (2,141)

    Dr. Pamela Kibbons, Taft School District 90 (325)

    Dr. Gayle Wahlin, Fenton High School District 100 (1,478)

    Dr. John Kosirog, Niles ESD 71 (583)

    Dr. Theresa Hill, South Holland SD 151 (1,564)

    Dr. Maura Zinni, Frankfort CCSD 157C (2,507)

    Dr. Heidi Wennstrom, Butler SD 53 (528)

    Dr. Steve Webb, Goreville CUSD 1 (620)

    Dr. Scott Wakeley, Bradley-Bourbonnais Community HSD 307 (2,100)

    Dr. John Corbett, Wood Dale District 7 (1,143)

    Dr. James Hammack, Byron CUSD 226 (1,482)

    Dr. William G. Caron, Scales Mound CUSD 211 (232)

    Mr. Edwin Shoemate, Cobden CUSD 17 (553)

    Dr. Andy Henrikson, Mundelein Elementary SD 75 (1,662)

    Mr. Adam Ehrman, New Berlin CUSD 16 (940)

    Dr. Mark McDonald and Dr. Marion Hoyda, Aurora East SD 131 (14,659)

     

     

    Other Supporters:

    Tony Reeley, Executive Director of Eastern Illinois Area of Special Education Michelle Mueller, Superintendent, Regional Office of Education (ROE) 40 Julie Wollerman, Regional Superintendent, ROE 3

    Marchelle Kassebaum, Assistant Superintendent, ROE 3

    Eric Brackmann, Director, Ford County Special Ed Coop

    Kathy Horath, Director, Macon-Piatt Special Education District

    Jim Nelson, Executive Director, North DuPage Special Education Cooperative Tony Reeley, Executive Director, Eastern Illinois Area of Special Education Brenda Patrick, Director of Mid-State Special Education Ron Daniels, Regional Superintendent of Schools, ROE 13

    Dennis Litteken, Mater Dei Catholic High School, Breese

    Dr. Kyle Thompson, Assistant Regional Superintendent, ROE 11

    Marcia Stinde, Principal, St. Theresa of Avila School, Salem

     

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  • State Senator Contacts Comptroller Urging Release of Earmarked Funding

    Posted by Communications@sd308.org at 4/21/2017

    UPDATE

     

    Superintendent of Schools Dr. John Sparlin was contacted by State Sen. Sue Rezin. She shared a letter she sent to the comptroller’s office requesting the release of funds earmarked for school districts in her district, which includes School District 308, and throughout the state.

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  • State Representative Shared that District Should Expect Payment Next Week

    Posted by Communications@sd308.org at 4/18/2017

    UPDATE

     

    Superintendent of Schools Dr. John Sparlin was contacted by State Rep. Mark Batinick today (April 18). Batinick said he contacted the state comptroller’s office and was able to confirm to Dr. Sparlin that the district should receive the first payment for FY2017 sometime next week.

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  • State Senator Confirms that District Should Expect Payment by end of April

    Posted by Communications@sd308.org at 4/17/2017

    UPDATE

     

    Superintendent of Schools Dr. John Sparlin was contacted by State Sen. Jim Oberweis today (April 17). Oberweis said he spoke with the comptroller’s office and was able to confirm to Dr. Sparlin that the district should receive the first payment for FY2017 by the end of April 25.

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  • State Representative Shares that District Should Expect Payment by April 26

    Posted by Communications@sd308.org at 4/17/2017

    UPDATE

     

    Superintendent of Schools Dr. John Sparlin was contacted by Rep. Keith Wheeler today (April 17). Wheeler said he spoke with the comptroller’s office and was able to confirm to Dr. Sparlin that the district should receive the first payment for FY2017 on April 25 or April 26.

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  • Illinois Comptroller and Senator Contact School District 308, Both Said Payment Coming Soon

    Posted by Communications@sd308.org at 4/14/2017

    UPDATE

     

    A representative from Illinois Comptroller Susana Mendoza’s office contacted Superintendent of Schools Dr. John Sparlin on Thursday, April 13, and informed him that the first payment for FY2017 will be sent within the next two weeks.

     

    In addition, Dr. Sparlin was also contacted by State Sen. Linda Holmes. After receiving several communications from stakeholders about the district’s budget situation, she spoke with the comptroller’s office and was able to confirm to Dr. Sparlin that the first payment for FY2017 will indeed be sent within the next two weeks.

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  • School District 308 Superintendent Reaches Out to State Comptroller for Funding

    Posted by Communications@sd308.org at 4/12/2017

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    Oswego, Ill. (April 12, 2017) — Community Unit School District 308 Superintendent of Schools Dr. John Sparlin submitted a letter to Illinois Comptroller Susana Mendoza, asking that the state disburse all mandated categorical funds for fiscal year 2017 that are owed to the district.

     

    “These unpaid funds are key for the district being able to maintain a balanced budget, as required by law,” Sparlin noted. In June 2016, Illinois policymakers announced that the state would “fully fund” public school districts, but since then the term “fully fund” has been narrowly applied to only include the General State Aid (GSA) funding.

     

    Although School District 308 is receiving 100 percent GSA funds for fiscal year 2017, it has not received any mandated categorical reimbursements (MCATs), which are owed quarterly. 

     

    “These (MCAT) payments provide revenue to our schools for things such as special education, transportation, early childhood education, free and reduced-priced lunches, and more,” Sparlin wrote.

     

    Delays in MCAT payments have had serious repercussions for District 308 and other districts. “Payment delays cost school districts money, including the loss of interest earnings and potentially trigger the need for short-term borrowing and additional interest costs. MCAT delays have created cash-flow problems for our district,” Sparlin wrote.   

     

    To date, the delay in MCAT payments has resulted in an $11 million shortfall in School District 308’s budget.

     

    “If education is to be a priority in Illinois, funding for it must be a priority as well. I urge you to disburse the funds that have already been earmarked for District 308 so that we will be ‘fully funded’ with both GSA funding and the disbursement of MCATs as promised,” Sparlin urged.

     

    To see Dr. Sparlin’s letter in its entirety, click here.

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  • Interview with Assistant Superintendent for Business Services Ali Mehanti

    Posted by Communications@sd308.org at 4/11/2017

    Interview with Assistant Superintendent for Business Services Ali Mehanti

    Mr. Mehanti has served District 308 as the Assistant Superintendent for Business Services since 2015.

     
    Ali Mehanti  

     

     

    Q: Can you explain the levy? What is it? How does it work in terms of helping the district pay costs?

    Mehanti: A levy is the amount of money a school district certifies to be raised from a property tax – the request. Every year, school districts have an ability to levy based on the CPI (Consumer Price Index). The most recent levy reflected a 0.7 percent increase. Property tax dollars help fund 49 percent of our district’s budgeted expenditures and are the second biggest source of revenues for our district, so it’s important to capture the increased dollars to help pay for our expenditures.

     

     

    Q: So, how exactly does the budget break down in terms of revenue?

    Mehanti: Property taxes account for 49 percent of our operating budget as I have mentioned in the previous question, and general state aid accounts for 39 percent. The rest comes from federal funds (4 percent) and the remaining 8 percent comes from other local sources such as student fees, food service sales, facility rental, local fees, textbook fees, and corporate personal property replacement tax.

     

     

    Q: What are the current projected budget deficits for the next two years?

    Mehanti: Including the efficiencies created by the new boundaries and a drop in projected enrollment for next year and by maintaining class sizes, our projected deficit for 2018 will be $3.5 million. That deficit will grow to $8.5 million in 2019. This is without any changes from the state in its funding formula. We were initially projecting a $7.3 million deficit for FY2018, but through maintaining efficiencies, redrawing boundaries, a projected drop in enrollment, and other cost reductions (salary freeze for the administrators, eliminating some administrative, teacher and support staff positions, reducing field trips, and energy usage) we were able to save about $3.8 million, which brought the $7.3 million deficit to about $3.5 million for next year.

     

     

    Q:  Is the $3.5 million deficit calculated using the current state formula?

    Mehanti: Yes, the calculation uses the current state formula projected at 100 percent of general state aid (GSA)

     

     

    Q: What is the district’s current budget?

    Mehanti: Our operating budget is currently $190.5 million. Next year, with the adopted budget cuts, the projected FY18 budget will be $193 million. The budget has an upwards trend each year due to an increase in fixed and variable costs. Some of them are salary increases tied to bargaining contracts, benefit increases (such as health insurance), workers compensation and property liability insurance. Other potential increases are the cost of utilities, transportation, building repairs and maintenance.  

     

     

    Q: Can you give us a brief overview of a school district’s budget and what all goes into it?

    Mehanti: About 75-80 percent of a typical school district’s budget is tied to salaries and benefits. Our budget is closer to 83 percent of salaries and benefits; our cuts in non-personnel costs inflate the percentage of salaries and benefits. The salary and benefits are not high; our per-student operational cost is $3,000 lower than the state average, which includes salaries, benefits and everything else related to personnel and operations. The percentage of our budget allocated to salaries and benefits is a little higher compared to a typical school district because we don’t have a lot of dollars allocated to non-personnel costs, which includes purchased services, supplies, and capital outlay.

     

     

    Q: Is it a good thing to reduce those expenses?

    Mehanti: I wouldn’t say it is a good thing to reduce non-personnel costs. We currently don’t have a big technology and capital budget to upgrade devices and make necessary infrastructure changes. We have a total of 26 buildings, including 22 schools, and we don’t have a large capital improvement budget that we can use for sealcoating our parking lots or laying new asphalt, for instance. That’s why we issued $14 million in bonds to fund capital infrastructure and technology projects. While we don’t have an infrastructure budget, we still have infrastructure needs. The reason we can’t increase that budget is the lack of a new revenue stream in our operating budget. 

     

     

    Q: Can you give me a sense of how the district got into this budget situation and/or what contributed to this situation?

    Mehanti: The state of Illinois has shortchanged District 308 over $80 million. They started prorating our GSA from fiscal year 2011, which accounted for more than $21 million. Although GSA has been fully funded at 100% this year, the state hasn’t paid any mandated categorical (MCATs) payments to our district, which accounts for almost $15 million.  We had also applied for the capital development grant back in 2004, which would have given us $49 million in additional one-time revenue.  We still hope to receive that grant one day, which we can utilize to cover our operational needs.

     

    It is a known fact that the current state funding formula is flawed as it doesn’t provide enough state revenues for our district.  Our GSA used to increase every year because property values were declining, but now the trend is going in another direction as property values are not going up. As property values continue to increase, our state funding will decline. The state has stated that we can capture those lost dollars through tax levy, but District 308 is a tax-capped school district, so we can only levy based on increases in the CPI. In the most recent levy approved by the Board, the CPI increase was only 0.7 percent, so that limits our revenues to only a .7 percent increase. The CPI increase that we will be using for next year’s levy is 2.1 percent. However, there have been proposals in Springfield for a property tax freeze. If that happens, we won’t be able to capture those additional dollars. There is currently a House Bill 2808, which addresses the current flawed funding formula.  If this bill passes, our district will get a significant increase in state dollars.  

     

     

     Q: In terms of teacher and administrative salaries, where do we fall among districts in the state?

    Mehanti: The average annual salary for administrators in Illinois is $103,000 dollars. We’re at $81,225 for administrators. Based on the 2016 Illinois Interactive Report Card, the average annual salary for teachers in Illinois is $63,000, and our teachers make an average of $53,000.

     

     

    Q: Why should parents be concerned about the budget?

    Mehanti: Parents should be concerned about the budget because we are in a dire situation. Our state funding will decline and our GSA based on our five-year projections will continue in a downward trend due to the flawed funding formula as well as declining enrollment. As enrollment drops, we receive fewer dollars and, as property values increase, we will continue to see fewer dollars due to the lack of GSA. So, our revenues are decreasing for the next four to five years, and our expenditures will continue to grow because we have bargaining contracts with teachers and support staff that have increases tied to them. The cost of utilities and transportation will also increase slightly.

     

     

    Q: Why should people who don’t currently have children in school be concerned?

    Mehanti: Community members should be concerned because schools drive the property values of houses. If we don’t have sufficient programs for kids and adequate resources, people are not going to move to communities within the district and that could create a decline in the housing market. When people choose to move to a different city, one of the many important reasons they pick a particular community is because of the school district.

     

     

    Q: What can parents and the community do to help?

    Mehanti: District’s 308 issue is the lack of revenues.  As far as our expenditures are concerned, our budget per pupil is the lowest compared to our surrounding school districts and even lower than the state average.  There is no room left for more cuts without impacting the classrooms and programs.  We need to continue to press our legislators to fix the funding formula.  If the state doesn’t get its act together, then unfortunately it will come down to two things, cut expenditures or raise revenue.  Cutting expenditures will impact classrooms and raising revenues will impact the property taxes.  I wish there were a magic formula that could solve our problems without any support from the state.

     

     

     

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  • School District 308 Board of Education Hosts Public Forum for Parents and Taxpayers on Budget Issues

    Posted by Communications@sd308.org at 1/30/2017
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    See previous story here. 

     
    Oswego, Ill. (January 30, 2017) — At a public forum, held last week, the School District 308 Board of Education welcomed questions and input from parents and community members on the budget issues facing the district.
     
    The Board of Education’s public forum was held at Thompson Junior High School, and can viewed in its entirety on the district website. The Board of Education received academic and fiscal updates a week earlier at a three-hour state-of-the-district meeting.
     
    At the Monday night forum, parents and community members were told the district is facing a $7.4 million deficit that will increase to more than $13 million the following year without expenditure reductions or debt relief.
     
    District 308 revenues are expected to remain flat through next year due to a flawed state funding formula. District 308 receives 39 percent of its revenues from the state, which has been an unreliable source of funding.
     
    The state-of-the-district meeting was also open to the public and can be viewed here. To see a presentation by Assistant Superintendent for Business and Operations Ali Mehanti on budget projections, financial scenarios, and operational comparisons, click here. Additional forecast data and information can be found here.  
     
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