Less Funding for School Transportation in Winnebago

By: Lauren Kravets Email
By: Lauren Kravets Email

WINNEBAGO (WIFR) – A local school district is fighting for funding from the State of Illinois.

It’s something we keep hearing from local school districts, the state isn’t paying up and for the Winnebago School District, that could affect the kids.
Over the last few years for the 2012 fiscal year, District 323 received $700,000. This past year, they got a little more than half that amount and next year, they could get as little as $250,000. If that happens, Business Manager David Zumdahl says cuts will have to be made.

“Field trips, they’ll be cut, we’ll take a look at our extracurricular activities and how we’re using buses there. We’ll perhaps look at, instead of stopping at houses, we will stop at a pick-up point, where maybe 10 or 15 kids will come,” said Zumdahl.

The district could also charge families for busing, but Zumdahl says he knows that’s not fair, that not all families have that extra money. In Rockford Public Schools, they’re actually getting more money from the state this year because they bought buses that came with a greater entitlement.

It’s hard to determine when the district may need to make these cuts. The district isn’t sure when they’ll find out how much state funding they’ll receive. Sometimes, they don’t find out until after school has already started, but as a precaution, they’ll likely have to make cuts by the end of June before their new fiscal year begins.

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