Parents Offer School Spending Ideas near Richmond New Homes

new homes in RichmondAs 2012 winds down, Nippersink School District Two has realized that they have more in their cash reserves than needed and are deciding what to do with the extra money. To receive the highest financial designation from the Illinois State Board of Education, a school districts needs to have 180 days’ cash on hand. Nippersink currently has just more than 388 days. In order to lower this to around 270 days, several ideas have been thrown out by the board including tax abatements and a flat levy tax. The outcome of these discussions will directly affect residents in nearby Richmond new home communities, including Gerstad Builders’ The Trails of Pheasant Ridge.
On Tuesday, December 18, 2012, the district’s board held a meeting attended by approximately 45 visitors, many of which were parents. Ten parents, who spoke against an abatement of taxes, encouraged the board to put the extra money back into the schools. Suggested improvements included a security system requiring visitors to be buzzed into the school and a complete camera system, bigger investment in technology, restoration of the foreign language department, air conditioning at least in upstairs classrooms, and the return of other programs cut during the financial downturn.
The discussion has really just begun, but the board did approve a flat levy tax and will put together a proposal of the suggested improvements. They have until March to pass an abatement of taxes. According to Superintendent Dan Oest, the buzzer system could be installed over winter break, depending on the cost.
While there is some disagreement on how the money should be spent, parents tend to agree that making improvements is a great way to strengthen the school district. Children at Gerstad Builders’ Richmond community, The Trails of Pheasant Ridge, attend Richmond Grade, Nippersink Middle, and Richmond-Burton Community High schools.
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