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|Abingdon to Participate in Reorganization Talks with Avon
|Officials in the Abingdon School District have agreed to take another area school district up on its invitation to talk about interest in school reorganization.
District 217 Superintendent Tami Roskamp told the school board Wednesday night that the Avon School District is dealing with declining enrollment, and officials in that district sent out invitation letters to its contiguous districts. The Abingdon School Board unanimously approved a motion to talk with Avon, with the development of committees in the future.
Roskamp tells WGIL the Abingdon District is willing to listen and learn about options.
"Being good neighbors that we are we want to be in open disussion with them (Avon) and talk with them about their reoganization efforts. So, it's just an open discussion."
While enrollments in many area school districts are dropping, the opposite is happening in Abingdon. District 217's sixth-day enrollment was 754 students, which is 17 more than last year's total and the most students enrolled in Abingdon schools since the 2004-05 school year. The district had 787 students that year.
Roskamp says the number of students in Avon schools is down sharply.
"Their enrollment in 2004 was 301, now this year it is 247. Their high school is down to 67 students. We received a letter from them (Avon) inviting us for open discussion with the contiguous districts. So Abingdon is not the only school district that got this letter."
The other districts invited by Avon to discuss interest in reorganization are Monmouth-Roseville, Spoon River Valley and Bushnell-Prairie City.
|10 16 08 by Newsroom
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