Du Quoin Schools Brace for Funding Cuts

Du Quoin District #300 is made up of about 1,800 students. To provide a good education to that number of students takes a substantial amount of money.

However, the Du Quoin Board of Education voted at their meeting on Thursday to amend the district budget because the expected state aid is not coming through. The district has not received any of the quarterly payments for the current school year from the state of Illinois.

This has been an ongoing issue for District #300. The district only recently received the final payment for the 2015-2016 school year in December.

The state is supposed to pay District #300 about $800,000 each year in quarterly payments to cover the cost of providing transportation and special education programs. The district has been recently informed that they, at most, may only receive half of that.

Superintendent Gary Kelly says that that is a substantial part of the district budget and a loss of that amount of money cannot go without having an impact of the district.

Jean Ann Mathis, co-president of the Du Quoin Educators Association, says that their top concern at this time is for the students. Cuts to any program would effect the students in the school and effect the education that they would receive.

Tornado Relief in Southern Illinois

Clean up efforts are still underway after last week’s EF-4 tornado that ripped through northern Jackson County.

Disaster relief teams from southern Illinois and all over the state have come to aid in the relief effort. The Elverado School District #196 is also allowing students to take excused absences to help their families and the community clean up.

The Elkville First Baptist Church is serving free lunches and the Elkville Christian Church is serving dinners through the rest of this week.