Mistake adds to District 87's $2.3 million deficit in 2013

By Audrey Williams

August 8, 2012 Updated Aug 8, 2012 at 10:54 PM CDT

BLOOMINGTON, Ill -- A simple mistake is costing Bloomington's District 87 hundreds of thousands of dollars. It started years ago when the county gave the state a Bloomington-Normal map, not a map representing District 87 and Unit 5 boundaries.

Now, as a correction, District 87 will lose more than $700,000 and Normal's Unit 5 will receive an extra $250,000.

Including the loss in state aid, the District 87 school board Wednesday night reviewed a tentative 2013 budget which shows an educational deficit of over $2 million.

Board officials say the deficit is due to a decrease in local, state, and federal revenues.

"The good news is we have fund reserves to cover that. We can't do that forever of course. One commendable is that the board prepared us for a time like this when the budget is not good, but we think we can reduce that deficit over the course of the year by watching our spending," said District 87 Superintendent Barry Reilly.

A district administrator said they will be closely watching what the state does with teacher's pensions, as a cost-shift to the district could add to their burden.

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