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|Abingdon and Avon Approve Consolidation Question
|A November election question as to whether or not the Abingdon and Avon School Districts should consolidate is one step closer to being on the ballot.
The two districts' school boards held a joint meeting in Avon Sunday, where both boards unanimously approved moving the question on in the process. It must now go to the Knox County Regional Office of Education for approval, and if they green-light it, it goes to the state for final approval.
Both sides didn't have much to say about the Committee of 10's recommendations for a consolidated district, but some questioned electing all school board members in the new district at-large versus equally between the two communities.
Abingdon Board president Roger Schrodt tells WGIL at large is just fine with him.
"I personally wanted to see at-large," he said. "In the three-way consolidation that failed a month ago there were two districts that were open, so three was nobody to fill the seats. So I just assume to vote for seven people and not leave it open, and eventually we're going to be one district."
A proposed high school would be in Abingdon, a proposed middle school in Avon, and elementary schools remaining in each community.
Property tax rates would be somewhat higher that what each individual district has now.
Public meetings on the consolidation question are slated for the fall.
(A map of the proposed consolidated Abingdon/Avon School District)
(Members of the Avon School Board discuss the proposal before voting Sunday.)
(Abingdon School Board members also discussed the Committee of 10's report before a vote Sunday. WGIL News Story and Photos by Will Stevenson.)
|05 07 12 by Newsroom
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