School districts cope with declining state aid
Funding from state continues to drop
ROCK FALLS – Superintendent Dan Arickx grimaces at the mention of state aid to school districts.
His district, Rock Falls District No. 13, includes two elementary schools and a middle school and covers 8 square miles. It depends heavily on state aid, which is based in part on a district’s local funding sources.
For most districts in the Sauk Valley, state aid makes up 25 percent to 35 percent of their revenue. But the Rock Falls district, with its low tax base, counts on the state for more than 50 percent.
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