By Michael Kloppenburg
For the Star-Gazette
Finances, taxes, courses, and buildings were again the focus of discussion at the last consolidation informational meeting, which was held at PORTA high school. PORTA’s finances were again discussed with former Committee of Ten co-chair Allen Grosboll. Grosboll said that PORTA has a growing budget surplus. He said PORTA previously had financial difficulties, but the situation had improved. Grosboll has previously said PORTA and A-C Central have similar financial histories and again emphasized that all rural Illinois school districts faced similar problems due to state aid cuts.