Nearly all salaries come from the Education Fund. The district's salaries are about $7,000,000 per year. Unit #50 has tried, for the past several years, to cut costs by not replacing retiring teachers and support personnel when possible. Since our outlying schools were closed just over five years ago, we have about thirty fewer employees in the district.
Compounding the General State Aid problem is that last year Unit 50 received a proration in Transportation funds of 74%. This reduced what we should have received from the state by $86,608. This year we have been told to expect Transportation to be prorated at 75%.
The Board of Education has directed the Superintendent to find $1,000,000 in potential cuts or possible revenue to close the deficit gap. The Board will then decide whether to make all or any of the cuts or institute all or any of the revenue enhancements.
This survey is meant to provide feedback and guidance to the School Board, administrators, and staff on potential solutions to the current fiscal crisis. Cuts for next year will happen to some extent. Knowing this, if you are in high school or older, please complete the survey. The survey may be completed on-line or a hard copy may be printed and returned to the district's Unit Office at 801 West Main Street, Teutopolis, IL 62467. The Unit Office is located on the east side of the high school campus.
Please complete only one survey per person by noon on Thursday, November 8.