Byline: Matthew Nickerson Daily Herald Staff Writer
It would be natural to assume all Salt Creek Elementary District 48 students attend the three schools operated by the Villa Park-based district.
That assumption is wrong, however.
Children who need special classes not offered by the district are sent - at great expense - to outside schools.
District 48 pays tuition for its special education students attending schools in Naperville, Downers Grove, Westchester, Addison and Westmont.
The costs add up and helped create a small deficit in District 48's proposed budget for 1998-99.
"We got hit really, really bad," Business Manager Wolfgang Meister told the school board last week.
The approximate $7 million budget will be the subject of a public hearing Sept. 15.
The budget includes $200,000 to pay tuition to other schools, compared to $100,000 budgeted last year.
As expensive as tuition is, it is often cheaper than creating a program that only a few children will use. Some special education classes are taught in the district but some students require more …