The pawn between the Governor and the Speaker of the House is how Clinton Schools Superintendent Curt Nettles describes education in Illinois.
The schools leader says there is a flat out failure by lawmakers to pass a budget. He feels their jobs are not getting done and education is caught in the middle.
While there are many pawns in the game of chess between the Speaker and Governor, Nettles says the last thing lawmakers want is come late August, there not being a budget in place and some districts having to close their doors because they cannot afford to operate.
Should the State of Illinois not pass a budget by the summer months, Nettles says Clinton schools will be able to open but it is frustrating taxpayers in this community are forced to fund most of the school's budget yet school leaders are bound by regulations in place from Illinois.
The business office is always checking up on the status of the school's finances making sure everything is in order. With the fiscal year starting to wind down, the budget will be amended in the coming months to reflect the school's actual expenditures and revenues.