For Immediate Release
May 17, 2012

State Board of Education names Financial Oversight Panel for East St. Louis District 189

Community leaders to supervise finances in ESL District to help balance budget and better serve students

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) announced Thursday that it has named a Financial Oversight Panel (FOP) for East St. Louis School District 189 with Ranodore Foggs serving as the panel’s chair. The FOP, with five ISBE-appointed volunteer members, will serve District 189 for at least three years in order to help the district achieve financial stability.

“On behalf of the Board, I want to thank these citizens for stepping up to offer their time and expertise in helping this district get back in good financial health,” said State Superintendent of Education Christopher A. Koch. “Districts that are operating with a balanced budget are better able to serve students today and plan for the future.”

The ISBE-appointed members of the FOP are:

The East St. Louis School District 189 serves more than 7,000 students and has been under ISBE oversight since last spring. The State Board will consider next month whether or not to remove the locally elected board and replace them with an independent authority. The district's failure to meet standards for nine years under the federal No Child Left Behind law (NCLB) triggered the state’s intervention. The creation of the FOP will provide the district with a greater ability to meet the financial challenges the district is facing after years of deficit spending.