RTHS leader sees less state money
RANTOUL — Rantoul Township High School Superintendent Scott Amerio informed board members this week that projections indicate the district will receive anywhere between 80 percent to 85 percent of its general state aid payments next school year. That figure represents a decrease from the 89 percent rate RTHS is receiving this year.
"It's just frustrating and disappointing," Amerio said. "You're expected to do more every year with less (funding). ... We'll probably start looking in January or February of what cuts we could make and where we can save some money."
Amerio also said if an agreement is not reached at the federal level involving the fiscal cliff, the district will lose $32,000 of its Title I funding at the start of 2013. Title I funding helps the district implement programs for students who come from low-income families.
"Indirectly, the state of Illinois is going to lose revenue," Amerio said if an agreement about the fiscal cliff is not reached, "and they're going to make that up by giving us even less general state aid."
Amerio said the state is $154,027 behind in its mandated categorical payments to the district. The board voted 7-0 to approve its tax levy request of $4,765,855, the same amount it levied last year.