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City Employees Discuss Latest Monmouth News

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Monmouth College Prepping for 2017

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Roseville Community Center Homecoming

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A letter concerning Senate Bill 1 from United District 304 Superintendent Jeff Whitsitt.

August 8, 2017

Dear United Community Member -

With the start of school upon us, the United School District would like to take a moment to inform our residents of the importance of the activity going on in our state government as it
relates to the United School District.

If you’ve been keeping up with the newspapers or social media, you’re aware that Senate Bill 1 (SB1), a breakthrough bill that addresses the inadequacies of school funding from the state
level, has been vetoed by Governor Rauner. SB1 is a result of years of research and efforts among legislators, school administrators, and government officials to balance the spending between schools regardless of what zip code a child lives in.

As it stands today, the Senate has until August 16 to do one of three things - approve the amended bill as vetoed, override the veto and pass the bill as originally passed, or pass nothing
which would render schools without any mechanism to obtain state funding. Once the Senate acts, the house must do the same. Although the bill passed both chambers on it’s way to the
Governor, there is some skepticism as to whether the supermajority required to override the veto can be garnered. If the legislature chooses to approve the Governor’s changes, school
district’s across Illinois would be in the same, if not worse position than they currently are right now.

The details of the bill are lengthy and involved. A bill that would have insured that no district lost state money and would reassign additional funding to those districts most in need, is in peril due to the governor’s veto.

The United School District receives about $1.1 Million dollars in state funding through General State Aid. Projections after Senate Bill 1 showed the district to receive roughly $35,000 more dollars as a result of the bill. For a district that relies on local funding (property taxes) for over 65% of its total, this is not a huge gain. However, if the bill is not passed or even the veto not approved, the district not only loses the $35,000 gain, but also the 1.1 million that we are
accustomed too. It is VITAL that the legislature take some action or schools across the state will be in financial ruin. Our reliance on local funds is also at risk due to the Governor’s amendatory veto of the way districts are to report TIF districts and Enterprise zones. Should the veto pass as the Governor has suggested, the United School District WILL lose funding, despite the Governor’s claim that no district will lose.

The actions of the state are nothing new to school districts. Over the past 6 years, the state has shorted the United School District over $750,000 through a proration process, simply because
the state has had no means in which to pay us fully.

Senate Bill 1 is groundbreaking in many ways, even though it doesn’t particularly benefit the United District a great deal. It is imperative for this year and years to come that our legislators
take some action to protect our schools. Please reach out to our representatives and senators to encourage their support of action that will allow schools to operate in a normal manner.

The Monmouth-Roseville School District is hosting an informational meeting on Thursday night August 10, at 6:30 PM in the MR High School Auditorium. I encourage parents and community
members to attend the meeting and have their questions answered that evening.

If you have particular questions regarding the United School District, please don’t hesitate to contact me at (309)734-9413 or via email at [email protected]

Sincerely
Jeffrey T. Whitsitt
Superintendent
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