The Clinton School Board of Education convenes tonight for their regular monthly meeting.
At tonight's meeting, the results from the Adequate Yearly Progress Report (AYP) will be revealed, which is part of the "No Child Left Behind Act". Dr. Jeff Holmes, Superintendent of Clinton Schools explains there are many factors that determine whether a school district or building has met the AYP standard.
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The Clinton School district was one of several area schools to receive the Pre-K grant given out by the state of Illinois. With that grant the district has been able to hire staff members and expand the Pre-K roster for this school year. Dr. Holmes says this is great news for the district and the community.
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The district also received word recently the general state aid fund will be cut and districts can expect to see a 5% decrease in that. Dr. Holmes notes that is about a $70-thousand hit to the district, which is pretty significant. He adds the transportation fund also took a hit this week.
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Dr. Holmes hopes legislators will reinstate some of the money taken with those cuts. He says while the school will be able to operate functionally without the money, he says not receiving it puts them in a situation similar to last fiscal year when the school district would have come out ahead financially if the state would have made all the payments they said they would make.
The Board of Education's meeting is tonight at 6:30 pm in the Jr. High School library.