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Bi-County cuts spending, not services

Smaller budget stems from Sterling pulling pre-K

STERLING – A local special education cooperative will spend nearly $1 million less this school year without affecting services, Director Drew Hoffman said Tuesday.

The Bi-County Special Education Cooperative Board of Control unanimously approved a balanced budget for the 2014-15 school year. The $5.3 million budget is $907,553 less than last school year.

Much of the spending cuts will come from attrition. The Sterling School District recently pulled its prekindergarten program from Bi-County, knocking off $424,438.

The board had a public hearing for the budget before the meeting, but there were no visitors.

"There were no also questions submitted regarding the budget," Hoffman said.

The board approved the budget without questions or comments.

Some of the services that Bi-County offers include physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech and language assistance, and a vision and a hearing specialist. Its programs teach life skills, and work with the deaf or hard of hearing and students with emotional disabilities.

Bi-County, which is housed in Wallace School, 506 W. Fourth St., serves several local school districts: Sterling, Rock Falls High, Rock Falls Elementary, Montmorency, East-Coloma-Nelson, Morrison, Chadwick-Milledgeville, Eastland, Erie, River Bend, and Prophetstown-Lyndon-Tampico.

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