Unit 1 To Benefit From Extra Funding

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There has been a lot in the news recently about additional funding, or “new money” for school districts in Illinois.

Mulberry Grove Unit 1 Superintendent Brad Turner told WGEL the state legislature approved an additional $350 to distribute to school districts in the state. Mulberry Grove will receive approximately $150,000 in new money along with its usual distribution.

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Turner said the extra money is a benefit, but it won’t completely reverse the $1 million negative impact the state’s recent budget troubles has had over the past several years.

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For now, Turner told WGEL, the funds will be used to hire additional staff to meet the needs of students. Officials are looking at hiring a school nurse, a counselor, and a dean of students.

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Turner said the $150,000 that is received this year should be included in the district’s normal discernment next year, plus whatever the state is able to release in new money.

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The ultimate goal of this new legislation is to help districts reach at least 90% adequacy in funding and meeting student needs. Turner said that could be up to a 15 year process depending on the availability of state funds.