The Williamsville-Sherman School District is looking at yet another year of deficit spending. Superintendent Dave Root says the main problem is state aid cuts along and an unfair state funding system.
“There are solutions out there,” Root says. “We just need people to step it up and have the courage to restructure our debt service for the pension system, restructure how we fund school systems and tax people, not be so property tax reliant.”
Williamsville-Sherman faces a $200,000 budget shortfall for the upcoming school year. That’s compared to $60,000 this past year.
Root says downstate schools are 80 percent dependent on state funding, whereas schools in the Chicago area are able to better absorb state cuts due to higher property tax revenues.