Sandwich School Superintendent Rick Schmitt issued the following statement on the state of Illinois’ ongoing budget saga and the funding of local school districts:
“As you know, Senate Bill 1 (SB1) was passed by both the House and Senate last May. On July 31, the bill was presented to the Governor. On August 1, he issued an amendatory veto. What does this mean to Sandwich CUSD 430? As a result of the amendatory veto, the state legislature must now either vote to override the veto or vote to accept the changes made to the bill by the governor through the amendatory veto process for the bill to become law, for the proposed funding formula to take effect, and for schools to receive funding.
“If not acted upon swiftly, the district will not receive its General State Aid payments, which are scheduled to start on August 10, the date in which school districts have historically received their first payments for the new school year. While the district relies on and receives timely property tax revenue to start the new school year, receiving state funding in a timely fashion is essential to avoiding an interruption in day-to-day operations. After all, the district is still owed over $1 million from last school year. Districts throughout the state, including the Sandwich School District, are concerned about the number of days schools can remain in operation without state funding such as General State Aid and categorical funding such as special education and transportation. In short, state funding is imperative as we move into the fall semester. Please feel free to share your concern with your local legislators; the House and Senate leadership; and/or the Governor’s office. Contact information may be found at: www.Illinois.gov.”