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Cairo Schools Reach Financial Breaking Point

 



Cairo Schools Reach Financial Breaking Point

By: Randal Kamm

(Cairo, IL)--There's a chance that all Cairo schools will shut down as early as April, unless the district gets some financial help from the state of Illinois.

Thursday,  three members of the Illinois State Board of Education visited Cairo schools. They're on a fact-finding misson to figure out how to help the district get back on its feet.

For instance, just last year, Cairo schools spent a million more dollars more than they brought in.

Right now, the district needs about half a million to keep the doors open until the end of the year.

Ronald Gidwitz, Chairman of the Illinois State Board of Education said: "I think it's safe to say children in Cairo will end the year in class. We're all committed, including the governor."

Gidwitz says he'll try to get approval to give Cairo a grant from the State Board of Education to keep the schools open for the rest of the year.

He says an emergency loan from the state legislature is also an option.

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