No decision yet on closing Reagan school
PRINCETON — The future of the Reagan Middle School in Tiskilwa is still an unknown for the Princeton Elementary School District board, staff, families and residents.
After a lengthy discussion at Monday’s meeting, the PES board agreed to wait until September to get a Building Fund Reduction Plan recommendation from Superintendent Tim Smith and his administrative team on how to cut expenses in the district’s building fund, which could include closing Reagan. Those savings are needed, in part, because of decreasing transportation funding from the state and also the uncertain costs to the district from any of state’s pension reform plan.
As reported earlier in the Bureau County Republican, the possible closing of Reagan has been projected to save the district an estimated $90,000 in transportation costs, as well as other savings in custodial staff, bus fleet reduction and bus service reduction. At its May meeting, the PES board had looked to its July meeting for decision-time on the Building Fund Reduction Plan and possible closing of Reagan. The possible closing of Reagan would not affect the 2013-14 school year.
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