Voters in East Alton, Wood River, and Hartford could vote on consolidating their school districts this fall. The Regional Office of Education has approved a local petition for the consolidation question to be placed on the ballot, and has forwarded the paperwork to the state superintendent of schools for final approval.
Voters could be asked if the East Alton Elementary, Wood River Hartford Elementary and East Alton Wood River High School Districts should merger into one district. If given the “ok” by the state superintendent, voters in those three districts could see the question this November. Opponents made several objections to the petitions that were filed with the office, but overall feel there is no proof that consolidation will save taxpayers money or improve education. Proponents have tried twice before to bring the districts together, losing both times by narrow margins. They believe consolidation will save money for taxpayers and streamline the education process for students at all grade levels. The state superintendent could issue his decision on the matter next month.