Shelbyville Daily Union


June 25, 2013

Illinois schools facing less funding from State

Illinois schools will be facing less funding from the state for the 2013-2014 school year.

That was the news presented at Thursday’s school board meeting by Shelbyville superintendent Denise Bence.

Bence said the state is funding only 89 percent of foundation level funding in 2014.

The district will have to look for ways to fill the other 11 percent.

QZAB low-interest bonds would not be available for the high school as the qualification is 35 percent of the building’s population on free or reduced lunches.

“Even including the kindergarten students, we had 34.5 percent. And they won’t round up,” Bence said.

QZAB bonds were used to help fund the new windows and geothermal system at Moulton Middle School. The district is looking for ways to fund the HVAC system at the high school building.

Bence added that because of the tighter school budgets, county superintendents are once again considering the sales tax referendum for the March 2014 ballot. The referendum has failed twice in recent years.

In business the board:

- Approved the 2013 amended budget

- Approved the prevailing wage

- Approved the bid from Howell Paving for the high school parking lot repaving

- Approved the property, casualty, liability insurance renewals as presented

Following the executive session, the board approved the following coaching positions:

Sam Mell - Varsity baseball

Ryan Scott - Jr. Varsity baseball

Brent Weakly - 7th grade boys basketball

Greg Harkins - Volunteer head coach bass fishing

Josh Maxwell - Varsity softball

Michele Petska - Assistant softball

Ross Forlines - Varsity boys tennis

Ryan Scott - Varsity girls tennis

Kevin Kramer - Varsity boys track

Jason Palmer - Varsity girls track

Chris Mosley - Junior High track

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