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WarCry - REBEL MEDIA: So I have a sign in my yard - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal.com
Didn't Hannibal just put in a new school or two? I can't find the story on planned vs. spent, but I don't hear a lot of hollering about cost overruns, etc. I just remember the story with the open house to show off their new, state-of-art facility.
GrayHairedMan - REBEL MEDIA: So I have a sign in my yard - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal.com
I still think that there is no way they can guarantee that this project is only going to be $89M. Take a look to the North to another huge government sponsored building at Ft. Madison Prison. Years late and 10's of millions in cost over run. There is simply no way that they can promise this won't cost a penny more than $89M and what happens when it does (and it will by a minimum of 15%)?…
WarCry - School Board to outline plans for savings, old buildings if referendum passes - Quincy, IL News - Qu
The bonds that they're currently talking about retiring were the previous set of bonds to pay for Life Safety repairs. I'm not sure why you don't know this stuff. I know it from reading the QJ articles over the last year or so, so it's not like I have secret insider-info, it sounds like you are - for whatever reason - just willfully ignoring the information that's out there.…
WarCry - School Board to outline plans for savings, old buildings if referendum passes - Quincy, IL News - Qu
I honestly can't explain it. I'm not on the park board, so you could try asking them. But I'm going to bet the answer sounds something like this: "We can spend a ton of money to repair current problems without gaining any actual improvement to the facility, just patching up the problem spots. Or we can spend a roughly equivalent amount and get a newer facility which will have regular…
ONCEMORE1 - REBEL MEDIA: So I have a sign in my yard - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal.com
I know of what you speak-----the same thing happened to my son in Junior High 35 years ago. Apparently performance wasn't a measurement then, either.

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School fee increases have parents concerned in CUSD #4

School fee increases have parents concerned in CUSD #4

1 year, 1 month ago by Denise Donley

District seeks to make up state funding shortfalls

High registration costs were the topic of this week’s Unity Board of Education meeting on Wendesday night and many concerned parents were in attendance to voice their concerns.

Illinois says it needs $400.79 for each student that attends a public school. Since the state will not be covering the costs, Community Unit School District #4 in Mendon passed some of that cost onto the students’ families.

Brian Kurz, CUSD #4 Superintendent, said he thought the meeting went exceptionally well.

“The people that were there are interested in the District, interested in what the Board of Education Is doing to move forward,” said Kurz. “They had a lot of questions, were respectful, really informed in understanding the difficult financial state Illinois has put the school in. They want to be part of the conversation moving forward.” 

Specifically, costs for book rental and drivers education increased. It’s now $150 for 7-12 grades and $100 for K-6. The Driver's Ed fee is $175. Also, the school had to add in an activity fee to be able to provide sports for the 2013-2014 school year.

The District made changes to the health insurance plan to allow around $100,000 in savings for the school.  Kurz said they are continuing to look at other ways to cut costs moving forward.

“What the state decided or didn’t decide on with pension has a huge impact on us. By the time we learned that they weren’t going to do anything, we were really limited as a district in what staffing changes and what expenditures you can make,” said Kurz.

Multiple parents contacted QuincyJournal.com regarding the increases and have asked if they have to pay the fees. There is a waiver available of income guidelines are met.  

First Bankers Trust is offering low interest loans that can be paid over ten months. There is also an online function where people can pay fees directly to the school with a credit card.

Kurz welcomes further questions or comments from the public.

Click here to see the complete fee schedule.


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