Following the submission of the Reorganization Feasibility Study
last year by the Consulting & Resource Group, a consolidation
fact-finding panel was formed last October by the five school
districts in the greater Lincoln area: West Lincoln-Broadwell School
District 92, Chester-East Lincoln School District 61, New
Holland-Middletown School District 88, Lincoln Elementary School
District 27 and Lincoln Community High School District 404.
fact-finding committee report consists of answers to questions
consistently posed about consolidation. Most of the questions were
developed by the committee, and some were submitted to the committee
by local citizens via an e-mail link on the LCHS online site.
The report outlines the committee's findings in the following
areas: the consolidation process, finance, curriculum and staffing,
facilities and ancillary services, impacts, and lessons learned from
The report states that the citizens and the school boards of the
Lincoln area have at least four options they could pursue in
response to consolidation discussions:
Combine one or more
of the four elementary districts that feed into LCHS.
five districts into a new unit district serving grades K-12.
Form a hybrid
district where one or more elementary districts combine with the
high school, depending on which districts approve the
Retain the status quo in school
If the citizens choose to reorganize their schools, the committee
recommended that either of the first two options mentioned above --
combination of elementary districts or consolidation into a new unit
-- be pursued. The committee report raised several concerns about
the formation of a hybrid district, the option recommended by the
Reorganization Feasibility Study, and suggested that when school
districts across the state develop more experience with the hybrid
process, that option could possibly be re-examined.
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If the community chooses to retain the status quo, the committee
strongly recommended that a formal, collaborative effort be
established between all five of the school districts that would
allow the area to tackle education issues in a cooperative manner.
The committee identified particular value and potential cost-savings
in cooperative efforts on transportation, curriculum, purchasing,
school calendar, staffing, technology and professional development.
The committee's charge was not to issue a recommendation on
school consolidation, but to provide further information and answer
questions on the issue so that informed decisions could be made by
the residents of the districts. The fact-finding committee was made
up of 17 citizens and school board members from each of the five
Keith Snyder, chairman of the committee, commended the members on
their work: "This committee was blessed with great members who,
despite differences of opinion on the issue of consolidation, care
deeply about kids and about this community. They invested a good
deal of their own time in asking questions, tracking down the facts,
answering the questions and putting together a report that is
comprehensive, but easy to understand. We all hope the community
finds our work informative and useful."
The committee's report is available at
http://lchs.k12.il.us/. [To download Adobe Acrobat Reader for
the PDF file, click
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