Rock Island School Board

Residents of the Rock Island School District can help find a new superintendent. The district has posted a survey on its website, asking for the background and abilities they value most.

Rock Island School District

The Rock Island School Board will have to act quickly to make good on its promise to reduce property taxes now that voters have approved a sales tax hike. Tomorrow, the board of education will discuss how to spend the new revenue.

On election day, Rock Island County voters finally said, "Yes" to a one percent sales tax for school facilities.

Just as the new school year gets started, the Rock Island school board is nearly finished preparing a budget. Tuesday night, the board gave its tentative approval to a 63.8 million dollar budget, with final approval in a month.

Chief Financial Officer, Bob Beckwith, says the one major change from last year is state aid - the governor has promised state aid for the coming year will be fully funded instead of being pro-rated as it was last year at 92 per cent.

Rock Island School District

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.

Design plan for a new entrance to Rock Island High School
submitted / Rock Island School District

Next fall, the Rock Island School Board may ask voters for a 1% sales tax for facilities and maintenance.

Work on next year's budget resumes Tuesday night for the Rock Island school board. Chief Financial Officer Bob Beckwith will present some preliminary figures but no major decisions will be made for a couple of weeks. 

Beckwith gave board members a brief look at the budget in October so they could set the tax levy for this year, but since then some changes have occurred - at that time he projected the deficit would be 2.1 million dollars.

The number of students enrolled in Rock Island schools probably won't change much over the next five years. Tomorrow, the Board of Education will hear the chief financial officer's enrollment predictions.

The cost of living in the Rock Island School District may go up next year, but the extra revenue won't pay for new buildings or programs. Tuesday night the board of education is expected to give its final approval to a new tax levy.

Chief Financial Officer, Bob Beckwith, is proposing a 5 per cent increase in the levy, to 29 million dollars. And that would raise the property tax rate in the district by 15 cents or about 3 per cent.

Residents of the Rock Island School District may pay more next year to support the district. Tuesday night the school board will consider a tax levy for next year.

Chief Financial Officer, Bob Beckwith, is proposing a levy of nearly 29 million dollars - a 4.8 per cent increase over this year. And the tax rate would climb 15 cents, or about 3 per cent. The good news for the district is that property values are finally increasing.

Beckwith says much of the increase will be eaten up by rising contributions required for Social Security, retirement, and insurance.

As the new school year starts, the Rock Island School District is nearly finished preparing a new budget. Tonight the board of education will review the proposed 76 million dollar revenue and spending plan.