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|Abingdon/Avon/Bushnell-Prairie City Committee of Ten Gets Acquainted
|The Committee that will study the possibility of a three-way consolidation between the Abingdon, Avon and Bushnell-Prairie City school districts introduced themselves to the public and the newly appointed chairman of the group gave everyone a homework assignment.
The group met for the first time Thursday night in Avon. The committee was selected by each of the districts' school boards and includes two former superintendents, two long-time educators, members from each school board and others who have children school in the districts.
The committee organized and named former Bushnell-Prairie City administrator and coach Jerry Arthur as its chairman. Arthur also spent time in Wisconsin as a superintendent before retiring and moving back to the area. Sherry Lomax was named the committee's secretary and Diane Thompson is a sub-committee co-chair. Members of the public at the meeting were asked to sign up to serve on one of the subcommittees that will be formed.
Arthur is encouraging the public's input in the process. In fact, it seems the teacher in him came out when he discussed what's next.
"I'd like to see if we can come up with three or four reasons that the consultants' recommendation of having a three-school-district configuration -- three or four reasons that would make sense to your district," Arthur said. "I think that's a high priority, so that we understand what it is that's driving this."
The consultants Arthur referred to were three professors from the University of Illinois at Springfield who spent several months putting together a feasibility study and recommended a three-way consolidation between Abingdon, Avon and Bushnell-Prairie City.
Arthur also asked the committee and the public to come up with two roadblocks to the three-district consolidation.
The committee agreed to meet again next Thursday night at 7:00 in Abingdon. The specific location for the meeting is still being worked out.
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