Schools across the state will be able to open their doors this fall and not worry about money for the academic year.

Until now, school districts were making contingency plans that counted on having no money from the state.
Superintendents Local 4 News  talked to say they are relieved.

For months now, school officials across the state have been waiting for the state to pass a budget.

The Stop Gap Budget will keep doors open through fiscal year 2016.
Local superintendents Local 4 News talked to say, this is a temporary solution, to a much bigger problem.

“It’s frustrating for us,” said Terri VandeWiele, Silvis School District Superintendent.

She says  a state budget has been difficult.
She says state money accounts for about 40% of their education fund.

“We use that money for teachers, staffing, materials everything we use to education a student in a classroom,” said VandeWiele.

VandeWiele says the Stop Gap Budget is a good temporary solution.

“We’ll be able to plan for this upcoming school year and create a budget. That’s the biggest thing and we know we’re going to get state funds,” said VandeWiele.

The Galesburg School District is in the same situation.
Superintendent Ralph Grimm says the school district already made some difficult cuts to staff and programs.
If lawmakers hadn’t passed the Stop Gap Budget they wouldn’t have stayed afloat.

“This was going to be a significant problem for us to operate a full year without that money coming in,” said Grimm.

Grimm says the state funds more than half of their operating budget.

“To know that we’re going to open school on time, that we’re going to know that we’re going to be able to go a full year, and continue educational opportunities for our students. That’s our number one goal and that was in jeopardy without the guarantee of an approved K-12 spending plan,” said Grimm.

Both superintendents say this Stop Gap Budget is going to buy them some time to keep their district opens but they are still fighting for equal funding across the state.

“School funding right now is based on zip codes. So, it’s based on where you live. It just makes it really difficult for schools that have high need populations,” said VandeWiele.
Both the Galesburg and Slivis school districts will open on time this fall.

They say they need the public’s help by having them contact lawmakers and tell them how important it is to have continued funding from the state.