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JH/HS Volleyball Open Gym - Open gyms for the HS and JH volleyball programs will be held on Tuesday, June 28th and Wednesday, June 29th from 9:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m in the HS gym.

Board Meeting Rescheduled for June - The June 15th Regular Board Meeting has been canceled. The meeting has been rescheduled for Wednesday, June 22 at 7:00 p.m. in the Jr. High Computer Lab.

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A Note From The Superintendent's Desk -

Legislators and the Governor failed to reach agreement on a state budget. The budget impasse continues in Illinois. You may soon hear speculation about whether schools will open in the fall.

The lack of state appropriation for K-12 education in Fiscal Year 2017 will result in dire consequences for many districts. For Mt. Olive, state funding comprises about 58% of revenue for the Education Fund. It represents about 69% of revenue for the Transportation Fund. The district has very little fund reserves left and if local tax money comes in a timely manner this should sustain the district through the first three months of the school year. However, ongoing dysfunction at the capitol ultimately results in a shift of the cost of educating Illinois’ children to local property taxpayers.

The top priority for our elected officials must be to enact a budget that includes adequate funds for public schools. This will ensure that schools across the state open on time and are adequately funded for the full year. An evidence-based funding model is the soundest and fairest long-term answer to having an adequate and equitable school funding model in Illinois. It is based on research-based practices.

Toxic climates often lead one to avoid getting involved. Yet, as taxpayers and as concerned citizens, now is the time for engagement. Contact your elected officials to let them know your feelings about the current “state of our state”. Your board of education and I will continue to monitor this situation. We will develop contingency plans to respond to the prospect of an ongoing budget impasse into the fall. We are committed to opening schools on time and to educating our children without interruption.

Thank you for your continued support of our schools.


Patrick Murphy

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