District 87 works on deficit reduction while facing uncertainty from state

By Audrey Williams

February 13, 2013 Updated Feb 14, 2013 at 11:00 AM CDT

BLOOMINGTON, Ill -- As Bloomington School District 87 continues discussions on a deficit reduction plan, the future of the state's finances add continued uncertainty.

Wednesday night, the school board again discussed its deficit reduction strategy aimed at saving the district $3 million. The proposals includes reductions in staff and programs.

Schools across the state are already expected to receive less money from the state next year.

Superintendent Dr. Barry Reilly said that, and a possible increase in pension costs have not been factored into this plan.

"The finances across the state don't look good, frankly, for the near future. Who knows what's going to happen when pensions get decided. That's going to create a whole new issue for all school districts. Those are going to be troublesome, trying days if that ever occurs," he said.

The board is expected to take action on the plan at its February 27th meeting. Reduction efforts should begin to take effect in March.

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