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bulletMay 25: No School - Memorial Day
bulletMay 26:  MG Field Day (rain date 5/27)
bulletMay 28: 8th Grade Great America Field Trip
bulletMay 29: Graduation practice KG 8:30-12:00 & Graduation dance 6:30-9:00 pm - See also Class of 2015 Graduates  
bulletJune 1: Graduation practice KG 8:30-12:00 and Graduation Ceremony LTHS East 7:00
bulletJune 3: Kindergarten Graduation and 11:30 Dismissal - Last Day of Student Attendance
bulletJune 3: Slammers D91 Family Night - Doors Open 6:05 pm and Game Time 7:05 p  -  Flyer   Slammers Directions
bulletJune 4: Teacher Institute
June 9: KG LRC Opens every Tuesday & Wednesday during June 10 am -1 pm
bulletJune 12: Cheer Camp - Flyer / Registration
bulletJuly 9 and/or July 13 – July 16: Boys Basketball Clinic - Flyer / Registration



May 13th Legislative Alert from Superintendent Donna Gray

Pending Legislative Amendments - Negative Impact on District # 91

Governor Rauner in his Turnaround Plan for Illinois has proposed a two year freeze on property taxes and there has been additional talk about a permanent freeze.

As reported in Alliance Legislative Report (99-18), which can be found at: http://www.iasb.com/govrel/alr9918.cfm, "the Illinois General Assembly is primed to vote on legislation that would freeze property tax extensions for all taxing bodies.

Though the impetus for the property tax freeze came from Governor Bruce Rauner, the amendments are being sponsored by House Democrats and would be attached to bills sponsored by House Speaker Michael Madigan. House Bills 677, 695, 696 and 699 were heard in the House Revenue Committee and are scheduled to be heard again. Recent review (5/13) /of the House Calendar indicates they will be heard 5/15/15.

HB 677 (amendment sponsored by Bradley, D-Marion) and HB 695 (amendment sponsored by Franks, D-Woodstock) would place all taxing districts under the scope of the Property Tax Extension Limitation Law (PTELL) and permanently freeze property tax extensions beginning in the 2015 levy year. This would include home rule units of local government.

HB 696 (amendment sponsored by Franks) and HB 699 (amendment sponsored by Bradley) would apply PTELL to all non-home rule units of government and permanently freeze property tax extensions beginning in the 2015 levy year.

Here are some points regarding the proposals:
• Fiscal Year 2015 State funding for public schools was below 2006 funding levels, including a mid-year cut of over $50 million
• Fiscal Year 2016 public school funding will again likely be cut and/or prorated
• Even with school districts being able to access modest property tax extension increases due to natural growth in EAV, school districts still have had to cut staff, programs, and extracurricular activities over the last few years because of cuts in State funding
• Limiting local property tax revenue to zero growth, combined with cuts in State funding, will likely lead to increased teacher layoffs, larger class sizes, and loss of education programs
• Results of a property tax freeze will lead to poorer student performance, a larger student achievement gap, and a strong push of our school districts in most need to the brink of financial disaster
• Add specific budget implications for your school district, including impact on staffing and personnel."

The agenda for the ISBE Board Meeting on Thursday, May 14 indicates that the State Superintendent will recommend a "capped per pupil cut" for adjusting 2016 GSA. Right now we do not know what the appropriation will be, but it may also have a negative effect on District 91.

Currently 78% of District #91’s revenue comes from property taxes. A little over 12% of our revenue comes from the state, which is struggling to stay afloat and we are being told that state aid, categorical funds and grants will be even further prorated next year. That only leaves 10% of our funding (federal and other), and we do not know for sure what will happen at the federal level yet.

In addition, there is still conversation about shifting the state’s pension burden to local school districts. It is projected that this possible shift could cost District #91 $250,000 next year. This would quickly eat at the reserves the District has worked so hard to build.

Should these bills pass and recommendations of the State Superintendent take effect, District #91 will be forced to evaluate current programming. We have worked hard to live within our means. With these possible changes to public school revenues, and ongoing increases in operating costs, District #91 will need to consider current programs and possible ways to cut expenditures in the near future.

I ask that you consider the possible impact this will have on our schools.

Legislators who serve Lockport Milne-Kelvin Grove School District #91:

State Senator - Pat McGuire - 43rd District
District Office: 815-207-4445
Springfield Office: (217) 782-8800
E-Mail: senatorpatmcguire@sbcglobal.net 

State Representative - Emily McAsey - 85th District
District Office: 815-372-0085
Springfield Office: 217-782-4179
E-Mail: repemily@gmail.com 

Sincerely,

Donna Gray
Superintendent

 

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MILNE-KELVIN GROVE DISTRICT 91

Kelvin Grove Middle School   808 Adams St.  Lockport , IL 60441          Tel: 815-838-0737  Fax: 815-834-4339
Milne Grove Elementary School   565 E. 7th St.   Lockport , IL 60441     Tel: 815-838-0542  Fax: 815-838-6893

Donna J. Gray, Superintendent
Milne-Kelvin Grove District 91
808 Adams Street
Lockport, IL 60441

815-838-0737
E-mail:  dgray@d91.net

John R. Jennings II, Principal
Kelvin Grove Middle School
808 Adams Street
Lockport, IL 60441

815-838-0737
E-mail: jjennings@d91.net

Jaime Koziol, Principal
Milne Grove Elementary School
565 E. 7th Street
Lockport, IL 60441

815-838-0542
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Larry Spencer, Special Education Coordinator
Milne-Kelvin Grove District 91
808 Adams Street
Lockport, IL 60441

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