LCHS Superintendent Bagby: "School
will start on time"
School board prepared for delay in state
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[August 03, 2017]
- As expected, Gov. Rauner issued an amendatory veto of Senate Bill
1, placing in limbo the funding of public schools across Illinois.
The governor explained his veto by saying Senate Bill 1 diverted too
much money to the Chicago Public School System.
The amended bill now returns to the Senate, which has 15 days to
either uphold or override the amendatory veto. Following action by
the Senate, the bill then will move to the House, which will have 15
days to either agree or not with the Senate action. If no action is
taken, the Bill dies and a funding solution for school districts is
back to square one.
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August 10 is the date school districts are due their first
general state aid payment for Fiscal Year 2018. As superintendent of Lincoln
Community High School, I do not expect any State money in the near future. You
may have heard news reports of school districts not being able to open their
doors or have to close their doors early if this crisis is not resolved in the
very near future. I do know a solution must be reached sooner rather than later
by the General Assembly.
Here is what I can tell you. The Board of Education has balanced
the budget of Lincoln Community High School 8 years in a row. School will open
on-time and our doors will not close early.
[Robert Bagby, Lincoln community High
School District 404]