District 150 braces for possible state funding cuts

May 13, 2013

Peoria School District 150 is bracing for a potentially bleak financial picture next school year.  Peoria Public Radio’s Alex Rusciano reports the state could cut funding to the district by more than $6 million:

 The District is looking at a deficit of $3 million this school year.  But treasurer Dave Kinney says next academic year, state aid could be cut by close to $4 million dollars and reimbursements for transportation funding could see a $2 million reduction.  Kinney says, despite the uncertain financial picture, the district should protect programs its spent money to implement, even if that means dipping into its fund balance:

 “It’s the counselors and social workers that we need for our kids to help them out.  In some cases its extra staffing to keep the ratio of students to teachers where we can help the kids get better.  It’s after school programs that we have.  There’s a lot of things that we’ve added and done that we’re starting to see some gains,” Kinney says.

 Kinney says the district is also looking at doing more with less.  To that end, the district is spending about the same amount of money on the ELITE program next year as this year, but expanding the program to include another school.