Three state grants in jeopardy

By on July 16, 2009

by Susan O’Neill
Three state grants that support Kaneland School District programs are in jeopardy until the budget for the Illinois State Board of Education is approved.

The Kaneland School District received an e-mail recently from the State Board of Education that cautioned it not to spend money for the following grants prior to the state budget’s approval: Reading improvement Block Grant, $112,429; Career & Technical Improvement Block Grant, $31,364; Carl D. Perkins Grant (supports technical education), $151,200.

These grants, totaling approximately $195,000, support the reading improvement program and the career and technical education program with supplemental supplies, material and equipment, as well as a portion of the teachers’ salaries. In lieu of the state grant money, the district will have to use local money to fund these salaries.

If these programs are not cut when the state finalizes its budget, the district will be reimbursed from the state. Legislators went back to Springfield on Tuesday.