EM area schools prepare for deeper look at consolidation study


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Posted Online: July 05, 2013, 5:05 pm
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By Anthony Watt, awatt@qconline.com
The boards of several Quad-Cities school districts covered in a new consolidation study are likely to discuss the issue over the next few weeks.

The United Township, East Moline, Silvis, Carbon Cliff-Barstow and Colona school districts are the subjects of the unification study, which considered several options but recommended the boards discuss combining, into a single district.

The Silvis board is planning a special session between its July 17 and Aug.19 meetings, Silvis superintendent Ray Bergles said. It is expected to include a presentation of the report, a public comment session and a board discussion.

The district is still working on a date for the meeting, he said.

Larry Morgensen, the UT's board vice president, could not give a specific meeting date, but said it will be an ongoing discussion for the United Township board.

The Colona school board is meeting July 11 and school Superintendent Kyle Ganson said he plans to have an agenda item on the reorganization study.

Mr. Ganson said how much it will be discussed will depend on the board members, but they all have a copy of it.

Carbon Cliff-Barstow board is expected to talk about it on July 15.

Mr. Bergles said the districts must now decide whether, individually, they want to proceed, and that the entire process, if any do move forward, could take several years.

A representative from the East Moline district was not available for comment on Friday, but superintendent Kristen Humphries said earlier he expects board members will read the study and discuss it over the summer.

The consolidation report was prepared by three former superintendents from the Quad-Cities: David Bills of Riverdale, Harold Ford of Geneseo and Richard Van Kerrebroeck of Annawan. Mr. Bills led the group. Hampton, which also feeds its elementary students into UTHS, did not participate in the study.

A full copy of the report can by found on the UTHS website: http://uths.net/blog/recent-consolidation-study-results-available-now/ .

















 



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