Washington Illinois schools have a pretty big deficit. A tornado devastated the Tazewell County community last fall, reducing the tax base, and state school support is falling again. That leaves District 308 facing an $800,000 deficit for the 2014-2015 school year. The district had forecast a similar deficit for the current year, but that was lowered to about $250,000. The school is also upping it's efforts to provide busing for a couple hundred displaced students. Assistant Superintendent Joe Sanders says teachers are helping by seeking out more grant money to fill the gap, and the eventual deficit could fall to under $500,000.
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