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Columbia readies for school year

By on July 26, 2017 at 1:10 pm

Columbia schools will open regardless of Illinois’ school funding situation, superintendent Dr. Gina Segobiano told the school board Thursday at Columbia High School.

The usual board meeting location, Parkview Elementary, was undergoing HVAC renovations.

Segobiano said that, unlike Columbia, some school districts in the state cannot open without general state aid because of insufficient revenue and reserves. Schools will not receive state aid until an evidence based funding formula becomes law.

“We’re in good shape. We have no fear, so we’re relaxed,” she said.

Senate Bill 1 is the evidence based school funding proposal that passed the Senate and House, but has not yet reached the governor’s desk. Gov. Bruce Rauner said Monday that a special session would be taking place today (Wednesday) to resolve the school funding issue.

Rauner originally said he would veto the bill outright, but is now saying he will amend language regarding additional funds for the Chicago Public Schools teacher pension system, then sign SB1 into law.

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Sean McGowan

Sean is a die-hard Cubs fan, despite the relentless peer pressure coming from the rest of the Republic-Times staff. He and his wife, Jacqui, have been married for two years. Originally from the west suburbs of Chicago, Sean and his wife moved down to Normal to attend Illinois State University and stayed central Illinois residents for the past four years.