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School District To Host Fundraiser to Make up Late State Funds

Just like most schools across the state, District 702 in Tremont is operating with less money because of late state payments. So staff are taking measures into their own hands.
TREMONT – Just like most schools across the state, District 702 in Tremont is operating with less money because of late state payments.

"We're probably talking about, over the course of the last four years, almost $1-million in state funds that were lost here in Tremont," said Superintendent Jeff Hinman.

Hinman said his schools have less money to work with. Missing from the district halls this year will be maintenance staff, teachers and a principal who aren't being replaced.

"We've already seen some student services suffer," he said.

The district has about 40 extra-curricular organizations, including sports teams and a robotics club, but students who participate have already seen a change in how those programs are funded.

"Last year was the first year that we actually had a participation fee for extra-curricular activities," Hinman said.

So the district is taking matters into its own hands. It's hosting the first fundraiser of this kind to 'bridge the gap' between state funding and what it actually costs to keep the schools running.

"You know at some point, we've got to get this turned around so that we're back talking and focusing on instructing students learning and their achievement. That's really what we're here for," Hinman said.

The goal for the fundraiser is to raise $200,000. Tremonts grade school doesn't have any air conditioning so 70 percent of the money raised will go to change that. The rest is geared towards extra-curricular activities.

The 'Bridge the Gap' fundraiser takes place on Saturday, August 24th at Tremont High School.
For details on the fundraiser click here.
 
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