Illinois Education Funding Reform

8 months ago

Watch the below video to learn about the Evidence Based Funding Model.  

Under the Previous System...

Illinois Funding being linked to Property taxes is the most regressive system and the antequated formula for "General State Aide" (or GSA) sets up an unfair system.  In addition, this unfair system was not fully funded for the fiscal years 2011-2015 (5 years total) causing proration and exacerbating the issues.  Here are the facts regarding Murphysboro CUSD 186

  • The "foundation level" for funding is $6119 per child and this number has not changed since the 2009-2010 School year.  So when the costs to educate students kept going up our revenue remained flat.
  • This "foundation level" was not fully funded for 5 years with this last year (FY16) being the first time we got the full 2010 amount.  This totaled a loss of 4.2 Million dollars from the state simply not paying us what we were owed.
  • We continued to provide the best education we could eating into our fund balances and making reductions anywhere we could but this can only last for so long.
We have been forced to make reductions because of this.  Our fund balances have been depleated.  The time for change to our system is now. 

By Chris Grode

Public Hearing for Tuition Waiver
Notice is hereby given by the Board of Education of Murphysboro Community Unit School District #186, Murphysboro, Illinois, County of Jackson, that a public hearing on the District's application for Waivers or Modifications of State Board Rules and/or School Code Mandates 105 ILCS5/10-20.12(a) will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, December 20, 2016, in the Board Room at McElvain School, located at 593 Ava Road, Murphysboro, Illinois, 62966. Specifically, information will be presented to support the renewal of a previously approved waiver to allow non-resident students whose parents are full-time employees of the district to attend its schools free of charge. Any questions and/or written statements may be addressed to Mr. Grode, Superintendent, at 618-684-3781.

Jackson County Facility Sales Tax - Update

4 months ago

January 20, 2017

Dear Jackson County Parents, Guardians, and Community Members:

Thank you for the overwhelming support of the County Facility Sales Tax initiative.  Now that the election is over and the votes have been canvassed and certified, we can move forward on our respective promises for the use of the Facility Sales Tax.  In the coming months, each individual Board of Education will be discussing priorities as they pertain to the facility and maintenance needs of each district.  Some districts will also have the opportunity to determine their ability to abate a portion of property taxes for previously sold bonds as a use of the sales tax revenue. 

We want to take this opportunity to share with you the associated timeline as it relates to the implementation of the County Facility Sales Tax.  As you can see, the sales tax goes into effect on July 1, 2017 and the first payment to each District is expected in early November 2017.

Election Date

November 8, 2016

Canvass of Election is Due by County Clerk

November 29, 2016

Earliest Opportunity to Sell Bonds Secured by

Sales Tax Revenue

Thirty Days After Canvass

(December 29, 2016)

File with Illinois Department of Revenue to

Enact Tax

No Later than

May 1, 2017

Sales Tax Goes into Effect

July 1, 2017

Regional Superintendent Begins to Receive Funds from State

Mid to Late October 2017

District Begins Receiving New Sales Tax Revenues

November 2017


As a reminder, if it is not currently taxed, it will not be taxed.  This specific sales tax does not tax items that many people think to be essential to families, and especially, senior citizens.  Everything in the municipal and county sales tax base is included in the tax base except for the following:

·         Cars, Trucks, ATVs, Boats, RVs, Mobile Homes

·         Unprepared Foods

·         Over-the-Counter Prescriptions and Vitamins

·         Farm Equipment, Parts, and Farm Inputs

·         Services

Also, the revenue from this sales tax can only be used to maintain and improve school facilities or to make payments on existing bond debt issued for capital needs.  By law, the sales tax revenues cannot be used for:

·         Salaries and Benefits

·         Instructional Costs

·         Textbooks and Computers

·         Moveable equipment

·         School Buses

·         Operating Costs


We want all Jackson County voters to have accurate information about the implementation of the County Facility Sales Tax and how it will impact our schools and communities.  Please feel free to contact your local Superintendent with any questions or concerns. 

Again, we thank you for your assistance and support for the schools and most importantly the students of Jackson County.


Yours in Education,

 The Jackson County Superintendents

  Steve Murphy

  Carbondale #165

Belinda Hill

Giant City #130 

  Michael Shimshak

  Carbondale #95

Chris Grode

Murphysboro #186

  Nathaniel Wilson

  Desoto #86


Larry Lovel

Trico #176

  Kevin Spain

  Elverado #196


Dr. Lori James-Gross

Unity Point #140

By Chris Grode

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