Tag: school funding

Districts awarded CARES funds for internet connectivity

Schools in Homewood and Flossmoor have received nearly $500,000 in Digital Equity Formula Grants from the Illinois State Board of Education for improved internet connectivity. The money came through the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Homewood District 153 received $139,574 — $113,808 for devices and $25,767[Read More…]

Districts to receive additional funds under new funding model

The Illinois State Board of Education has notified school districts serving Homewood and Flossmoor of the new monies they will receive under the Evidence-Based Funding for Student Success Act of 2017. The measure is meant to comprehensively change the way school districts receive the bulk of state funds sending more resources[Read More…]

Homewood District 153 budget will balance with referendum funds

The District 153 school board approved a balanced 2018 budget of $22.26 million because of an additional $640,000 raised in the 2016 referendum. Revenues, expected at $21.62 million, cannot meet all the expenses despite the administration’s best attempts at holding the line on costs.  The board unanimously approved the budget at[Read More…]

Fine-tuning bus service in District 161 reduces complaints this year

A representative of the school bus company serving Flossmoor School District 161 was on hand at Monday’s Board of Education meeting to respond to parents’ complaints even though school district and bus company officials acknowledged that things are running smoothly as the school year entered its third week.  After Superintendent Dana[Read More…]

H-F High will have its 13th balanced budget

Homewood-Flossmoor High School will have a balanced 2018 budget. It is the 13th consecutive year the district has been in the black. Business manager Ken Parchem said the $53.76 million budget shows a 1.7 percent increase in revenues over the 2017 budget. “Overall revenues are fairly flat. We show a $600,000 overall[Read More…]

Sen. Hutchinson votes to override veto on school funding

Illinois Sen. Toi Hutchinson, D – Chicago Heights, who represents Flossmoor in the Illinois legislature, released the following statement Sunday, Aug. 13, after voting to override Gov. Bruce Rauner’s veto of historic school funding reform contained in Senate Bill 1.  “For decades, Illinois students have suffered under a system of school[Read More…]

Rep. Davis on school funding: ‘It’s better when everybody wins’

Rep. Will Davis (D-Homewood) is one of 25 appointees serving on a bipartisan commission tasked to present the Illinois Legislature with a new education funding formula. Davis told the Homewood-Flossmoor Chronicle that doesn’t necessarily mean moving from the current system that uses property taxes to primarily fund schools. Rather, the[Read More…]

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Saturday, Aug. 13

  • Doppler on Wheels, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Homewood village hall parking lot, 2024 Chestnut Road.

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