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|Committee of Ten Sets Dates and Timeline
|Members of a group studying a consultants' recommendation that three area school districts consolidate have firmed up when they'll meet and when they expect to be done with their work.
The Committee of Ten representing the Avon, Abingdon and Bushnell-Prairie City school districts met for the third time Thursday night in Bushnell. The committee members heading up the six subcommittees talked about what the groups' roles will be and who's serving on them.
The six subcommittees are Finance, Curriculum, Transportation, Extra Curricular, Building and Grounds and Communication and Media.
Committee of Ten Chairman Jerry Arthur says the sub-committees will meet on the third Thursday of each month and the Committee of Ten will meet on the fourth Thursday. The next meetings are June 17th for the subcommittees and June 24th for the Committee of Ten in Avon.
Three professors from the University of Illinois at Springfield conducted a feasibility study recommendss a three-way consolidation between Avon, Bushnell-Prairie City and Abingdon.
Arthur says the timeline put together by the consultants for the committee to be finished representing the three communities involved and the timeline the committee has in mind are a little different.
"That time schedule was, in our opinion, a bit too aggressive for us to complete our work that was laid out," Arthur said. "So, we are trying to revisit that with the idea that an April (2011) timeline would be a little more accessible than the November (2010) time schedule that was laid out by the consultants."
Arthur says there's still some wiggle room in the time schedule as the committee moves forward.
The committee heard from John Slater of Bushnell during the public comment portion of the meeting.
Slater said transportation is his biggest concern with a potential consolidation involving Abingdon. He said the thought of kids on the road driving over 20 miles to school scares him, and urged the committee figure something else out.
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