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Boone County residents weigh in on possibly closing two schools

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Superintendent Michael Houselog Superintendent Michael Houselog

For Belvidere CUSD #100 leaders, solving a multi-million dollar deficit might mean closing schools. Over the weekend, we told you school board members support the idea. They say the state's broke and the district needs money.

Closing Perry Elementary School and Kishwaukee Elementary School is now a part of district recommendations for cuts. Their financial planning agency, PMA, project it'll save the district a little more than a million dollars each year. Those cuts combined the with cuts already announced totals a $3.8 million savings. A one-time savings from dissolving the district's Special Education Co-op fund adds another $1.85 million. That puts the district in the black by the 2014-2015 school year.

Bethany Santos is a mother of three students at Kishwaukee. She thinks board members need to pump the brakes and think these cuts through.

"They need to give themselves a little more time to make the decision. They have a new board coming in and the new board is fully capable of making the decisions that they're trying to make within the next month." -says Santos.

Among parents like Santos who have spoken out against closing the two schools, there is a letter from the Belvidere Historic Preservation Commission urging school board members to keep Perry open since it's the oldest school in the district.

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