Advantages to consolidating school districts
The Smithton District 130 School Board is interested in the benefits or drawbacks of reorganization as it considers ways to address space issues in its only building.Enrollment has grown to the point that Smithton Elementary School can’t hold the students it currently has.
School leaders in Brooklyn, Madison and Venice are still meeting to discuss who could conduct their study.
The district came up with a temporary solution to its space problem caused by growing enrollment back in 2012.
It started leasing the trailer to house three fifth-grade classrooms and a shared office for a school social worker and psychologist. Rosborg, one of the consultants, is a parent of three Freeburg school graduates.
“It’s not that there’s some disagreement or some animosity. “We’re just like every other district in the state; we are pinching every penny that we can and trying to make cuts here and cuts there to survive without losing out on any of our services.” Superintendent Warletta Brookins said Madison Unit 12 wants to know whether students in Madison and nearby communities would benefit from sharing the courses and extra-curriculars they offer.
Madison, for example, recently brought back football and band programs.
The district is using temporary classroom and office space for fifth-graders, the school psychologist and social worker in a trailer with no running water.