Piper Elementary in Berwyn may close due to financial problems

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Thursday, January 14, 2016
Piper Elementary in Berwyn.

BERWYN, Ill. (WLS) -- Financial troubles mean Berwyn District 100 may be forced to make big cuts. Administrators met with parents Thursday to explain their options, which include closing Piper Elementary.

Officials said when state funding was cut, the district dipped into its savings. Now that money is almost gone, the district has been left with a $2 million deficit.

"I believe it's up to Speaker Madigan, President Cullerton, Governor Rauner to get off their butts and pass a budget," said Matt Cummings, a parent.

"If you don't have quality schools, you don't have a quality community. And if you don't have a quality community, how can you possibly flourish," said Macey Morales, another parent.

Two years ago, voters rejected a referendum to help fund schools.