• Illinois School Funding Update

    Posted by Communications@sd308.org on 8/7/2017

    The State of Illinois funding for public education remains in contention. On August 1, Governor Rauner issued an amendatory veto of Senate Bill 1. He made several changes to the bill and it returned to the Senate to either uphold or override the amendatory veto, then moving to the House for action, both have 15 days to uphold or override it, or the bill will die. At this time, neither the Senate or House have set a date to reconvene. Illinois schools, including Community Unit School District 308, are scheduled to receive their first state aid payment on August 10, however school funding cannot be distributed without a funding bill being passed, whether that is accepting the amendatory veto, overriding it, or reaching a new compromise.

    Time is running short for Illinois school funding and without it some districts may not even be able to open their doors as scheduled. For SD 308, schools will open as scheduled, even if the the legislation stalls past August 10, however the state funding is necessary to complete a full school year. SD 308 encourages residents to contact their legislators and urge them to quickly develop a resolution so schools can receive their funding and focus their attention on providing an excellent education to their students.

    The school funding crisis is evolving quickly, please reference media coverage for breaking news.

    Additional resources and publications:
    Click here to see Illinois Association of School Administrators, message from Diane Hendren, Director of Governmental Relations (8/1/17)

    Click here to see Webinar Presentation, Amendatory Veto to SB1 (8/2/17)
    Presented by:

    • Brent Clark, Executive Director of Illinois Association of School Administrators
    • Mike Jacoby, Executive Director of Illinois Association of School Board Officials
    • Ralph M. Martire, Executive Director of Center for Tax and Budget Accountability
    • Ginger Ostro, Executive Director of Advance Illinois

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  • District 308 Superintendent Joins Other School Leaders at Capitol to Push to Pass School Funding Reform and State Budget

    Posted by Communications@sd308.org on 6/6/2017



    Community Unit School District 308 Superintendent of Schools Dr. John Sparlin joined other Illinois school leaders in Springfield on May 31 to convince state lawmakers to pass the state budget.


    Sparlin and about 50 other school leaders met at the capitol on Wednesday to push for a fully funded budget as part of the statewide Pass Illinois’ Budget initiative. Sparlin and others also called on state legislators to bring equity to the education funding formula.

    The State owes Illinois school districts more than $1.1 billion in Mandated Categorical payments, or MCATS, which are payments that support special services such as special education, transportation, early childhood programs, and bilingual education. For School District 308, unpaid MCATs equate to $11 million in unpaid funding.


    “If education is to be a priority in Illinois, then adequate funding must be as well,” Sparlin said. “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.”


    By constitutional mandate, the state has the primary responsibility of funding its public schools, but it has never come close to covering even half the cost. Illinois currently ranks 50th in the nation for providing state funds for education.

    Since 2011, School District 308 has lost out on $21 million in state funding due to the state not fully funding General State Aid (GSA).


    Pass Illinois’ Budget now has 440 superintendents signed on with the movement. The grass-roots effort, Pass Illinois' Budget, has three main objectives:


    • Immediately, and with bipartisan support, end the state budget impasses.


    • Improve the state's education funding formula and invest in students and schools, including higher education institutions.


    • Pay school districts what they are owed this year.


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  • More School Districts join the Pass Illinois Budget Initiative

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



    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 on 4/18/2017



    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 on 4/17/2017



    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 on 4/17/2017



    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 on 4/14/2017



    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 on 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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