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School Funding Concerns

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Issues Impacting All Districts

Dear Parents and Community Members,

One of the hallmarks of our great school district has always been providing the best education we can for our students, while being conservative in the use of our funds. That conservative nature allowed us to build healthy fund balances when times were better, which has helped sustain us in the more difficult times we have faced in terms of funding and finances overs the last several years. We also built our buildings without raising property taxes, as we want our community to continue to have relatively low property tax rates and be good to our local homeowners and businesses.

Unfortunately, after six years some of those problems have gotten worse and we do not see an end to the local and state funding concerns at this time. After the financial crisis, we knew that we would be facing some challenges and began preparing accordingly. Over the last seven years, we have reduced 19 staff members. We have reduced our buildings from three to two and constantly pursue cost efficiences, and we will continue to do so.

What I want you to know is that we are working our way through this. I will share more on this in the coming days, as schools everywhere prepare for the impact of the state budget crisis. In the meantime, please always feel free to contact me if you have any questions or of you would like to discuss this or any other matter.

Thank you for you support of our children and our schools.

Mark R. Cross, Superintent

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Peru Elementary District 124 1800 Church Street Peru, IL  61354
Phone: 815-223-1111 FAX: 815-223-0490

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