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Hartsburg-Emden Schools will open this fall, funding available for next school year in spite of state financial woes

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Members of the Hartsburg-Emden Community are receiving this letter from Hartsburg-Emden C.U.S.D. 21 Superintendent Terry L. Wisniewski.


Hartsburg-Emden Community Members,

Legislators and the Governor failed to reach agreement on a state budget. The budget impasse continues in Illinois. You may soon hear speculation about whether certain schools will be able to open in the fall.

The lack of a state appropriation; for K-12 education in Fiscal Year..2017 will result in dire consequences for many districts: For Hartsburg-Emden, state funding comprises about 15% of revenue for the Education FW1l It represents about 26% of revenue for the Transportation Fund. The district has fund reserves that will allow the opening of school. These reserves should sustain our district for this next school year. However, ongoing dysfunction at the Capitol ultimately results in depleting of our reserves and a shift of the cost of educating Illinois' children to local property taxpayers.

The top priority for our elected officials should be to enact a budget that includes adequate funds for public schools This will ensure that all schools across the state open on time and are adequately funded for the full year. Toxic climates often lead individuals to avoid getting involved. Yet, as taxpayers and concerned citizens, our legislators are here to serve us. I encourage you to reach out to your elected officials to let them know your feelings about the current "state of our state." Your Board of Education and I will continue to monitor this situation and do what is in the best interest of our children and our community. We will continue updating and modifying our contingency plans to respond to the prospect of an ongoing budget impasse into the fall. We are committed to opening schools on time and to educating our children without interruption.

Thank you for your continued support of our schools.

Terry L. Wisniewski, Superintendent
Hartsburg-Emden C.U.S.D. #21

[Posted June 10, 2016]

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Rep. Bill Mitchell (R), 101st District

  • Springfield office:
    632 Capitol Building
    Springfield, IL  62706
    217-557-0571 fax
  • District office:
    5130 Hickory Point Frontage Road
    Suite 100
    Decatur, IL  62526
    217-876-1973 fax
  • Email: repmitchell@earthlink.net

Rep. Tim Butler (R) 87th District

  • Springfield Office:
    1128-E Stratton Office Building
    Springfield, IL 62706
    (217) 782-0053
    (217) 782-0897 FAX
  • District Office:
    1128-E Stratton Office Building
    Springfield, IL 62706
    (217) 782-0053
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  • Email: butler@ilhousegop.org


Sen. Bill Brady (R), 44th District

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    103A Capitol Building
    Springfield, IL  62706
    217-782-0116 fax
  • District office:
    2203 Eastland Drive
    Suite 3
    Bloomington, IL  61704
    309-664-8597 fax
  • Website: www.brady.senategop.org

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