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Eliminating schools might solve local district's deficit problem

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Superintendent Michael Houselog Superintendent Michael Houselog
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Belvidere school district leaders need to find millions of dollars in their budget and that could mean combining schools to save money.

District #100's looking at around a $9 million deficit for the 2013-2014 school year. Administrators planned for about $3 million of that.

"With that $6.5 million dollars or thereabouts we have, we're looking at taking as big of a bite out of that apple as we can this year and try to move forward in the next few years and get ourselves out of this situation that we've gotten in." -says District #100 Superintendent Michael Houselog.

There are a couple reasons why school district leaders are in a multi-million dollar hole.

"Enrollment has just really flattened out. In fact, it started to decline here in Belvidere school district and throughout Boone County and also the state revenues have really not materialized as they had promised." -says Houselog.

School administrators reached out to residents for help and they've answered back.

"What people have done is they've come up with six different plans and they kind of fall into two categories; one is a one-high school category and there are three plans around that model and then there are three other plans with a two-high school model." -Houselog explains.

Tuesday's school board meeting, 6 p.m. at Belvidere North High School, calls for presentations, one of them from the district's banking consultant PMA.

"The first part is going to be some background and history, the second part will be a presentation from PMA about our projections, our current situation and moving us ahead 5 years with projections and then the third part is we're going to actually share the specific information and what schools might be closed under certain scenarios that have been presented by the public." -adds Houselog.

Houselog says school board members have to come up with a solution by March 18th.

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