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Panhandle Board of Education Still Weighing Their Options

(Raymond)--During the Panhandle Board of Education meeting Monday night, a long discussion regarding the feasibility study on the possible consolidation of the Panhandle, Morrisonville, and Nokomis school districts took place. According to board member Greg Nimo, distance is key. After a public meeting that was held in Nokomis, board member Terri Payne stated that no one in attendance was in favor of the consolidation plan as presented. The Panhandle Board of Education approved to not proceed with the feasibility study.

Morrisonville Board Member Plan

Board President Mike Meisner then talked about what to do next. According to Terri Payne, a Morrisonville school board member came up with a plan that she said had several good points. Under the plan, the three school districts would combine. The district would have two high schools, one in Raymond the other in Nokomis. The idea would have two middle schools for grades 6 through 8 in Nokomis and Morrisonville.

The central office would be reduced to include on superintendent, building and grounds director, food service director, technology director, and two support staff. According to the proposed plan, Pre K thru fifth grade students will continue to operate where they do now in Morrisonville, Raymond, Nokomis, and Farmersville. The Panhandle Board of Education agreed to look further into the proposed idea.

Other Options

Meisner also stated that other options included to disolve the district. Another option mentioned would be to deactivate the district, having only Pre K through the 8th grade being in the district. High school students would then have the option to go where they would like.

Next Years Meetings

The Panhandle Board of Education also approved meeting times for next year. The board will be meeting at 7pm on the third Monday of the month at the high school library.