Three local school districts could be consolidated into one if voters in East Alton, Wood River and Hartford decide it is the right move. Consolidation of Wood-River Hartford School District 15, East Alton School District 13 and East Alton-Wood River High School into one Community Unit School District could be headed to the ballot in November, if given a couple of vital approvals.
Madison County Assistant Regional Superintendent of Schools Andrew Reinking tells The Big Z a public hearing was held earlier this week, which is one of the first steps in the process of getting the issue on the ballot.
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Proponents of the petition say consolidation will result in the opportunity for curriculum alignment, extended extracurricular activities, the ability to combine resources to benefit all students, the ability to create a more efficient and effective district, and a unified administration that will provide uniform policies and leadership. Opponents say claims of economic benefits are greatly exaggerated, and the benefits are not sustainable. The issue failed by 12 votes out of nearly 2,300 cast in 2011, and by 8 votes cast last year.