Could a proposal to share superintendents in a pair of small local school districts pave the way for a future consolidation? Some on social media sites have speculated that if an idea to share the head administrators between the Wood River-Hartford Elementary School District and the East Alton-Wood River High School District goes through, consolidation could follow.
It is an idea that was shot down by the slimmest of margins about a year ago in the spring election. Voters in the East Alton/Wood River High School, the East Alton, and Wood River-Hartford Elementary districts defeated the referendum by a 12 vote margin out of nearly 2300 votes cast. The talk of sharing superintendents began in a comment session at this week's school board meeting, when board member Amy Harding suggested considering hiring John Pearson, superintendent of the East Alton-Wood River High School District. The elementary school district is looking at candidates to replace interim president Jim Whiteside. Out of 11 requests for application packets, three have been returned in anticipation of the February 10 deadline.