Hinsdale, Illinois – In this picturesque suburb of Chicago, the new school year is about to begin.
But it’s not a traditional start for the children of this small, largely white suburb of about 20,000 people.
A small school, located in an affluent neighborhood, has been struggling to keep up with demand.
It opened in July, but a year and a half later it has still only opened two classrooms, and is only able to afford to feed about half of its students.
And that’s despite a $2.5m grant from the state.
The school has had to cut staff and cut the number of students it offers to a few hundred students because it cannot find enough teachers.
So the school is looking at a few more staff members, and with only two classrooms to serve, it will have to rely more on charter schools, which are often more flexible in staffing.
But as the school prepares to open its doors to students on September 3, the local community is not quite so happy.
Hinsdale’s new principal, Chris Glynn, says he has been working on a solution to the problem for several years.
Glynn was the principal of a school in the affluent suburb of West Chicago, Illinois, where he oversaw a high school, but he also oversaw Hinsden Elementary School, which was in the district for 10 years.
He says he would like to be able to say the same thing about Hinsdowne, because of the district’s poor funding.
“This is a difficult time, and this is not something that I feel I’m going to be the last person to have to deal with,” he says.
“It’s going to take some time for me to be fully confident that we are going to have enough teachers for every student, and that we’re going to get our budget in order, and be able provide a safe environment for students to come and learn.”
Hinesdale’s superintendent, Michael Jepsen, says it is a very sad state of affairs.
The district needs to have a good budget for every single student, he says, and there are very few of those.
And if there are students who need extra help, then there’s going be extra help available.
And I don’t want to see a district that’s struggling to provide those kinds of services for the next generation of students, he said.
Jepsen has been able to get Hinsdell a $1.7m grant, and the district is now working with the state to get another $2m in aid, with a target of $2 million by October.
He said the school will also be able start receiving federal money this month.
But that is not the only reason why Hinsderdale has not opened its doors yet.
The district has had a long struggle to raise enough money to pay for the construction of its new classrooms.
Glynnsdell said the district will need $1 million more to build classrooms for the upcoming school year.
The state says the state will cover the construction costs.
Gynnsdahl says he hopes to have all of the money raised by the end of September.
For now, Hinsdaill has made a very difficult choice.
It has to close the school, or else.
It has two classrooms and a teacher and it’s very difficult for us to keep them open.
But there’s not enough money coming in from the government to maintain a school that’s only two schools.
Hinsdalle School Superintendent Chris Glynneson says the district was facing some challenges that it couldn’t solve.
We’re not making any decisions until we get the funds in, he added.
This story was first published by Business Insider