The state of Illinois still owes the Clinton School district almost a million dollars.
The district has received their due revenues from the federal government and their local dollars but they have not received much from the state. Superintendent of Clinton Schools Dr. Jeff Holmes says the state's obligations to the district include transportation, special education, pre-kindergarten, and lunch programs among others. Dr. Holmes is hopeful they can see some of the payments they have yet to receive they were told they would have early in the school year.
Dr. Holmes continues to stress the district does not rely heavily on the state for their revenues. He says their budget shows the Board of Education being conservative with the dollars they have is paying off.
The district has in fact recently been recognized by the state of Illinois for their Financial Profile. Dr. Holmes says they received a 4 out of 4 in that rating. Dr. Holmes feels that is something the community can be confident in for their Board of Education.
Dr. Holmes feels the district is a doing a good job of maintaining the budget despite tough economic times and without raising the tax rates in the district.
Governor Pat Quinn has recently announced plans for school districts to begin paying more into their transportation funds and to pay more into their teachers pension systems. School administrators around central Illinois believe his plans to make that a reality could be to raise property taxes within their districts.
The Governor gives his state of the state address tomorrow at noon, which you can hear live on The Big 1520 AM/92.3 FM WHOW.