Belvidere School District Budget Cut Talks Continue

By: Landon Cassman Email
By: Landon Cassman Email

School district parents and other members of the Belvidere community get a chance to defend two of their schools that the board recommended closing to save money.

In the last meeting, the board recommended closing Kishwaukee Elementary and Perry Elementary Schools to battle what they say is a multimillion dollar deficit.

The administration, along with many parents, disagree and say they should spend more time to make this decision. Tomorrow, the school board, administration, and community members will discuss several possible options to cut spending.

"It's a balancing act," said Board President Richard Van Evera. "Cutting costs, and providing the best possible education for the kids in the district. And so we're charging the administration the responsibility of digging as deep as they can into the financials to see if there are potentially other savings that might be realized."

"My kids deserve a good education," said concerned parent Sophia Remdass. "They deserve a healthy, strong community. They deserve a district that cares about them and not the bottom line. So that's what I'm hoping comes out of tomorrow is that."

Remdass said she and other parents don't trust the financial projections of the board, and want another firm to review the school's finances before any decisions are made. But Van Evera said their numbers are accurate.

A final decision won't have be made for another two weeks.

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