Dist. 41 Forum Addresses Possible Deficit Solutions
Byline: Lee Filas firstname.lastname@example.org
Lake Villa Elementary District 41 will likely need a combination of solutions to help the school system climb out of a financial hole, officials told the crowd at a community forum at Polumbi Middle School.
Some 300 people attended the Tuesday night session and heard officials outline the possibility of closing a school building, creating grade level centers, cutting unfunded programs, or going to voters for a tax increase referendum.
There were some fireworks late in the evening when a screaming match broke out between two people over the issue of raising taxes.
The forum, hosted by the Lake Villa District 41 financial committee, focused on how to erase an estimated $1.8 million annual deficit.
"None of these solutions, unto themselves, will make up this deficit," Assistant Superintendent Alex Barbour said. "We will need a combination of ideas to fix the financial problems."
However, residents expressed concerns about some of the options being considered, included converting neighborhood schools into grade level centers.
"I would hate to see that sense of community taken away," parent Angel Harold said Tuesday.
Concerns also were voiced about rising taxes should a referendum be approved, and over deciding which school would be shuttered should officials elect to close a building.
This is the third community forum regarding District 41's finances. …