Local Superintendents are reacting positively to Governor Bruce Rauner wanting to increase funding to K-12 education.
Superintendent of Clinton Schools, Dr. Jeff Holmes (right) says he is pleased with the proposals to increase funding to the general state aid formula and also bringing back preschool programs. Dr. Holmes says while Clinton has been able to maintain theirs, he feels every district should grant this opportunity to it's residents.
If Dr. Holmes has one concern, it was the mandated categoricals. He hopes the Governor and his staff will work with the legislator to at the minimum, maintain funding for things such as school transportation.
While the leader of Clinton schools is optimistic, one school leader says she's apprehensive. Blue Ridge Schools Superintendent Susan Wilson is interested to see how it will all play out as a proration rate of 95% is being tossed around.
Wilson believes a lot of the proposals Governor Rauner is bringing to the table are just a starting point for negotiations and his budget won't be the finished product.
Both leaders say they are less concerned by the split Government, as Governor Rauner is a Republican yet the House and Senate are controlled by the Democrats. They feel education is something both parties are behind.