School District 51 says it may face a budget shortfall to the tune of $5 million next year. On Wednesday the district learned it's getting $7 million in funding from the economic stimulus package.
Officials are learning there are some heavy restrictions on exactly what they can use that money on.
They can only use the funds on special education programs and Title I school. Title I schools are schools that have a large population of students from low–income families.
The district says getting any money is good news but there will still be major program cuts to get the budget back in line.
"Those are the cards we're dealt so we have to work within that.
Where we're finding difficulty is in our general fund budget," said District 51 Spokesperson Jeff Kirtland.