I.E.S.A. FACES FISCAL PROBLEMS

Reports out of Peoria indicate the the Illinois Elementary School Association may have to suspend operations for the first time in it’s over 90 year history as a result of the economic effect of the COVID-19 pandemic. The organization has no income with the inability to stage tournaments and with spectators not permitted. There is speculation that the IESA now has enough money to operate for an estimated 5 to 6 months. The organization has 900 member schools and offered 24 boys and girls sports in 2019-20 with over 156,000 participants. The IESA operating budget is approximately $1.6 million annually with tournament revenue accounting for about $1 million. Each IESA member school does pay annual dues of $100 with each school also paying $55 for each team in each sport in which it particpates. But that is not nearly enough to take care of the operating budget. No firm decisions have yet been made.