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The Blue Ridge Board of Education meeting last week was highlighted by budget talks as the third quarter of the school's fiscal year winds down.
 
Superintendent Susan Wilson indicates the State of Illinois now owes them $600-thousand and things are delayed and things don't seem to be getting any better.
 
 
The lack of funding from the State forced Blue Ridge Schools to move $200-thousand from their savings to the tranpsortation fund. Wilson calls it an actual hardship on the district.
 
 
According to Wilson, projecting finances is very difficult but as of right now, it looks as though the district might have to dip into their reserves. She explains there is a couple of initiatives in Springfield that could impact their reserves even further.
 
 
Wilson continues to be frustrated the state touts fully funding education but not adjusting the cost of educating students in almost a decade. She also notes when categorical payments are behind and only one will be received in 2017, it is very frustrating. 

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