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School Board Passes Budget 5-2
In just a few weeks, the District 186 School Board is supposed to start work on the budget for next school year.
While they're happy to put this year's budget to bed, Board Vice President Bill Looby said it relies on about $10 million from reserves and will still have a lot of moving parts.
No speakers signed up for the public comment portion, but a number of people watched as the board discussed expenses. Before taking a vote, superintendent Dr. Walter Milton, Jr. made a plea to the board, sharing his hopes for their action on the budget. Things got heated as board members shared words of their own before the vote.
As a rebuttal, Looby said, "To come in at the end and decide that it was done all incorrectly and that you were apparently... thought you were fooled... I think strikes me as disingenuous."
Both Mueller and Lisa Funderburg from District 1 voted no.
Funderburg said she felt the budgeting process had a "lack of leadership."
Other board members strongly backed Milton and the budgeting office. This marks the third straight year of cuts for the school district.
The money isn't there to operate on such a shortfall next year. Looby estimates the reserve fund will only have between $5 million and $10 million after this school year.
Because they're using about that much to fill in the gaps this year, cuts in the district next year are suspected to be deep and widespread.