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RI Schools Will Open on Time

Rock Island School District
From this week's power point presentation to the school board

Even if there's no state funding for education, the Rock Island schools will open on schedule in August. That was the decision by the board of education this week as it considered the worst case scenario - no state funding in the coming year.

Chief Financial Officer, Bob Beckwith, says the district is in better shape than many others in the state, but still faces serious consequences.
The district will start receiving property tax revenue this month, and it has some reserves.

Beckwith says in a normal year, the Rock Island schools receive about 23 million dollars for the state, equal to 37 per cent of the district's budget. 

A native of Detroit, Herb Trix began his radio career as a country-western disc jockey in Roswell, New Mexico (“KRSY, your superkicker in the Pecos Valley”), in 1978. After a stint at an oldies station in Topeka, Kansas (imagine getting paid to play “Louie Louie” and “Great Balls of Fire”), he wormed his way into news, first in Topeka, and then in Freeport Illinois.