Ending in the Red

School District 204’s fiscal year 2012 wrapped up $171,000 in the red. The district attributes part of the deficit to a decrease in the number of school lunches bought and transportation costs for the 136 homeless students throughout 204.

Over the past four years District 204 has had to make $40 million worth of cutbacks due to the recession, cost of implementing higher education standards, teacher evaluations and reductions in state funding.

Illinois owes the district $5.5 million.

Fiscal year 2013 includes $9.4 million worth of cuts already made by laying off about 114 teachers, support staff and administrators, eliminating athletic programs and closing a school.

District officials project the 2013 budget will end in the black by $429,000.

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