Unit 2 School Board Facing Possible Budget Cuts

Bond County Unit 2 School Board held a special meeting Monday where they discussed possible budget cuts for the 2014-2015 school year. Superintendent Jeff Strieker told us some reasons why they must consider these cuts, including state aid and contract negotiations.

“Potential costs for that contract could reach anywhere from $250,000 to $300,000.” Strieker told WGEL. “We are also concerned about some projection information coming in on general state aid, in that our EAD in the district is going up, while at the same time our enrollment number are going down, and that suggests that we could see a reduction near $250,000.

“There is a great deal of concern pertaining to budget cuts from Springfield all throughout the state, the reduction of a billion dollars and its impact on schools, would have a significant reduction in our general state aid formula.”

Strieker said the combination of all three of these factors could mean a deficit of up to $900,000. At their meeting Monday, the school board discussed the option of riffing certified and non-certified personnel as they did last year to recoup some of the budget loss.