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Streator Elementary expects balanced budget in coming year

Streator Elementary School District is looking at a balanced budget for the 2019 fiscal year, board members learned during their meeting Tuesday.

The budget is balanced once Health, Life and Safety money is taken into account.

“I like seeing that it’s all balanced with a little surplus after we struggled for so many years,” said board secretary Linda Volkman.

Board members approved a deficit reduction plan and a memo of understanding Tuesday, although neither has much impact in the school’s budget as it currently stands.

“There’s a lot of figures in here that just recap what’s going on in our budget,” Superintendent Lisa Parker said. “There are a lot of figures in there reflected in the budget for the past year and next year, and it’ll go to the state Board of Education, and hopefully they’ll vote to accept it. We’ll hear what steps to take next after that, if there are any.”

Capital visit recap

Northlawn Junior High School seventh- and eighth-graders presented photos of their recent trip to Washington, D.C., to board members, highlighting their sight-seeing adventure.

Teacher’s Beth LeBeau and Caroline Wargo piled 24 students and seven parent chaperones into a bus as they trekked 773 miles to tour the monuments and museums in Washington, D.C., including Ford’s Theatre, Arlington National Cemetary and the Holocaust Museum.

“We learned so much about the Jews and the hardships they went through,” said Abby Pierce. “We got to see the gas chambers and hear messages that were recorded at the caps; the walls were filled with photos.”

Lawrence Lukach said the Museum of Natural History was the most impressive and the taxidermied elephant was interesting to see in person.

LeBeau and Wargo organized the trip to take place over spring break. Planning the trip lasted nearly a year, beginning last April.

"Ms. (Gail) Russell and Dr. (Lisa) Parker knew we had to do it,” LeBeau said. “The trip there wasn’t even that bad for being a bus trip, but we drove through the night on the way back. A bus full of teenagers and tired parents who want to be home was crazy.”

The school board will next meet at 5 p.m. Tuesday, June 18.

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