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|Abingdon Board Prepared for Next Step in Consolidation Talks
|The Abingdon School Board is taking a second step toward a possible consolidation with two neighboring school districts.
District 217 board members discussed the reorganization plan with the Avon and Bushnell-Prairie City school districts at last week's meeting and voted 6-0 to continue consolidation talks. Board member Ray Archer was absent from the meeting.
Three professors from the University of Illinois at Springfield put together a feasibility study requested by the Abingdon, Avon and Bushnell-Prairie City school boards that recommends the three school districts consolidate. The results of the study were released in late January. The boards have been sharing the information in the study with the public and trying to gather input.
Abingdon Superintendent Dr. Tami Roskamp tells WGIL people in the community she's talked to want details, details and more details - and the school board is hearing the same thing.
"I've...gone out, speaking to different groups, and they keep saying 'We want specific information,'' Roskamp said. "The motion is to continue the reorganization plans, getting more specific date, and move to a Committee of Ten. That's breaking down to committees."
Roskamp says the Avon School Board, which also met last week, has - like Abingdon - made the decision to go to committees. The Bushnell-Prairie City School Board held the first of three town hall style meetings last week.
Roskamp says the reorganization proposal at this point is just a vision with totals and summaries while the public and community groups are wanting more specific information like course offerings, transportation and others - which the Committee of Ten and its subgroups would handle.
Roskamp says if the committee is formed it would likely be comprised of three members each from Abingdon, Avon and Bushnell-Prairie City. The tenth person would probably be picked through a lottery process.
|03 19 10 by Newsroom
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