SCHIMPF STATEMENT ON CHESTER DIST. 139 LEGISLATION
SPRINGFIELD, IL – State Sen. Paul Schimpf (R-Waterloo) offered the following comments after the Illinois Senate unanimously passed House Bill 1254, with a vote of 54-0-0 on May 12.
“This bill remedies an unfortunate situation where the Chester Community School District was losing funding due to hosting a memorial service for fallen Police Officer Brockmeyer. The legislation ensures that the Chester School District will not lose funding and that other districts will be able to support community recognition of our first responder heroes. I appreciate the efforts of the Chester Board of Education, Superintendent Goodman, Regional Superintendent Davis, and Representative Costello to act quickly on behalf of Chester District 139 and I look forward to Governor Rauner signing this bill into law,” Schimpf said.
The legislation was drafted in response to a decision by the Illinois State Board of Education that an early dismissal of students to facilitate the hosting of a memorial service in the high school gymnasium would preclude that school day from counting toward mandatory attendance requirements.
House Bill 1254 now awaits the Governor’s signature.