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|Big Decision Faces Avon School District
|The Avon School District has a difficult decision before them, with only days left to consider their fate.
District-176 Superintendent Dan Oakley and the board heard from David Black and Dave Messersmith Thursday night, superintendents of Abingdon and Bushnell-Prairie City.
Both gave their pitch as to why consolidation with their district would be Avon's best bet, more than a week after a proposal for all three districts fell through at the primary polls.
Oakley tells WGIL there's one defining element to Abingdon's sell.
"They would be interested in having the middle school down here, because it would provide the opportunity for the middle school to have their own identity, their own space, and their own gymnasium, which they currently don't have in Abingdon," Oakley said. "I'll admit. That's appealing."
As for the Bushnell-Prairie City selling point...
"We do have a long relationship with Bushnell-Prairie City in our [athletic] co-op. That's something that Mr. Messersmith had put forward in his presentation," said Oakley.
Oakley says he hasn't had much time to consider the negatives of either option yet.
He says a public forum is being held Monday night to gage the their interest, and a final vote on which consolidation to pursue will be tallied by the District-176 board Tuesday night.
According to Oakley, district officials on both sides will then have about a month to bring forth a petition to their attorneys. A petition must be approved by May 7th by the Regional Office of Education to be put on the November election.
|03 31 12 by Newsroom
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