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|Committee of Ten to Meet in Abingdon Thursday Night
|A group of people representing three school districts still has some organizing to do before getting down to the business of studying the possibility of those districts coming together as one.
The Committee of Ten for the Abingdon/Avon/Bushnell-Prairie City districts met for the first time last Thursday night. The members of the group - four from Abingdon and three each from Avon and Bushnell-Prairie City - introduced themselves, discussed why they are serving on the committee and selected the chairman, secretary and subcommittee co-chairman. The committee meets again Thursday night at 7:00 in the Hedding Grade School gym in Abingdon.
The chairman of the committee is former Bushnell-Prairie City school district administrator Jerry Arthur, who also served as a superintendent in Wisconsin before moving back to the area. Arthur says the committee still needs help in the form of subcommittee members.
"My experience in this process has been such that there are numerous needs that require, in order to get the information out to the public," Arthur said. "Through the subcommittee process, we can probably tap into peoples' expertise, whether it be curriculum or transportation."
Setting up the subcommittees will be among the items on the agenda for the second meeting.
Arthur also asked the committee members and the two-dozen or so people who attended last Thursday night's meeting to take part in a homework assignment of sorts. He urged them to write down three or four reasons why a three-way consolidation makes sense for each district. Three University of Illinois-Springfield professors who conducted a feasibility study recommended that the Avon, Abingdon and Bushnell-Prairie City school districts consolidate.
Arthur also wanted everyone to come up with two so-called roadblocks to a three-way consolidation.
The Committee of Ten is expected to discuss future meeting dates Thursday as well. Members last week talked about meeting twice a month on Thursday nights to start.
|05 20 10 by Newsroom
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