The Rock Island-Milan School District will keep their doors open with or without a budget in Illinois.
 
The school district sent a letter to parents this week. It talked about the impact the Illinois budget impasse could have on their schools.
 
“We have reached a point where we have scrimped and saved,” said KathY Lelonek, a mother to three kids in the school district. “There’s no more give hardly left.”
 
Lelonek was one of thousands to receive this letter in the mail.
 
Superintendent Mike Oberhaus sent out a letter telling parents that school will still be in secession starting this August despite the budget impasse in Illinois.
 
This means the school district will be dipping into reserves.
 
“We’re constantly putting money aside for raining days such as this,” said Assistant Superintendent Kathy Ruggeberg, “We didn’t expect it to be quite this thunderstorm.”
 
“We wouldn’t be saving any money,” she continued. “We would be using all our money if the state does not pass a budget for K-12 education.”
 
The school district will begin dipping into reserves Friday.
 
Ruggeberg says the 30-year-old piggy bank is meant to be a safety net for emergencies like this. However, once it runs dry at the end of the school year the district will have to borrow money against future taxes to continue public education.
 
“With no money or less money, of course, the quality of educational services will diminish because we won’t have the amount of money we can do specific areas of educational opportunities we are currently offering students,” Ruggeberg said.
 
As the letter states, funding from Illinois makes up about 40 percent of the revenue that the district depends on to provide education to their 6,500 students. 
 
“We can’t raise money for the budget to run the district,” Lelonek said. “We need to use our voices.”
 
The one-page letter that Lelonek received that her mailbox is the same letter every other parent in the school district received this week.
 
“Everyone wants the same good things for our children,” Lelonek said. “We all do things differently but we all want the same things in the big picture and then to feel so powerless that we have no control over this.”
 
She concluded: “Our kids have no voice. They are just kids.”
 
Local 4 News reached out to state legislators, but have not heard back.