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Community forum set Jan. 8 seeks residents’ input on school budget

Thursday, December 26, 2013

District projects estimated deficit in education fund to be $920,000

Like school districts all across the state, Maroa-Forsyth School District No. 2 has had to deal with decreases in revenue it receives from the state of Illinois.

According to the school district, this marks the fifth consecutive year it has had to make “major reductions in an attempt to balance our budget.”

Decreases in state revenues during the past five years total more than $1 million, according to the school district. The district projects the estimated budget deficit in the education fund to be $920,000.

In an effort to increase district revenues, the administration recently proposed three options that contain a wide range of cuts, new fees and bond sales for the Board of Education to consider. The board approved moving forward with one of those options at its December meeting.

No formal action on any of the items up for possible reduction/elimination will be decided until the Board of Education meeting on Jan. 13.

Prior to the regular Board of Education meeting on Jan. 13, the board has scheduled a work session/community meeting for 7 p.m. Jan. 8 to continue the discussion on the budget.

This community meeting, to be held at the Maroa-Forsyth Grade School, is a forum for the public to hear in detail the board’s plan to offset the deficit for the 2015 fiscal year. It is also an opportunity for members of the community to offer their opinions and ideas.

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