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The Journal Gazette

Tuesday, December 05, 2017 2:40 pm

Smith-Green Community Schools looking at referendum

Facing a dour financial outlook, Smith-Green Community Schools will likely ask voters in the district to approve a referendum in the spring.

School district officials say the financial situation there is worsening and could lead to a nearly $15 million deficit by 2026. That is according to projections from a financial consulting firm included in a presentation to district residents Monday. 

A second public forum is planned for 7 p.m. Wednesday at Churubusco Junior Senior High School. 

Superintendent Daniel Hile blamed the financial situation on the state's funding formula for schools, which ties funding to enrollment. Enrollment has continued to decline at Smith-Green he said. 

Money from the referendum would be used to fund operations and programs at the district's two schools, Hile said. 

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