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|Abingdon District 217 Takes Next Step in Reorganization Process; Principals Rehired
|The Abingdon School Board is still very much interested in a possible consolidation with the Avon and Bushnell-Prairie City school districts.
The board voted 6-0 last Wednesday night to continue talks with the other two districts' school boards. The three school boards held a joint meeting last month in Avon to hear the results of a feasibility study conducted by three professors from the University of Illinois at Springfield. It recommends the three school districts consolidate.
Abingdon Superintendent Dr. Tami Roskamp presented a shorter version of the study to the public during a special board meeting last week and answered questions afterward. Roskamp says the feasibility study is just a vision right now that presents a broad view of reorganization, and the next step is to provide more information to the public and gather feedback.
"What Avon is looking for is, 'Do we want to continue on?', and Bushnell as well, 'Do we want to find out more specifics?'" Roskamp said. "That's what it's come down to, which I think we've all had questions the other night we couldn't answer except through the (feasibility) study, that we need to get some committees together and talk with them."
Roskamp says the formation of community groups, including the churches in town and clubs like Rotary and Kiwanis, among others, is a good way to gauge how the public feels about consolidation. The board also talked about adding a short survey onto the District 217 website as another way for the community to weigh in on the issue. The feasibility study is available for people to view by CLICKING HERE.
In some personnel moves - the board in closed session approved the employment of the three principals in the district for the 2010-11 school year: Michelle Andrews at Hedding Elementary School, Stan Adcock at Abingdon Middle School and Chad Cox at Abingdon High School.
The board also approved the district offering a summer driver's education program with a 6-nothing vote. A minimum of 13 students is needed to offer the program, which is capped at 20 students.
|02 11 10 by Newsroom
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