NORMAL, Ill. -- The delay in approving a new pension plan in Illinois is causing some schools concern as they work to balance their budgets.
Wednesday night at the Unit 5 board meeting, members agreed to transfer funds between budgets to help balance year-end books.
The hope that by keeping the books balanced, they can stay ahead of any upcoming pension reform plans.
Two bills are currently up for debate.
One would cost-shift pension costs from the state to downstate schools.
Superintendent Gary Niehaus said right now the worst thing is the wait.
"I think the number one concern is we can't make our mind up exactly which plan we're going to go through and we got a lot of people who would like to know what it is so they can move on if they need to or they can continue in what they're doing and I think that different proposals we had have been basically tough on people to make the decision they need to with the time they're at in their careers," said Unit 5 Superintendent Gary Niehaus.
Superintendent Niehaus said he hopes that one of the pension reform bills is passed by the end of spring session, which ends next Friday.