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Bond County #2 School Board Votes to Close Sorento School, but the Story Might Not be Over

After weeks of packed meetings and public hearings, The Bond County Unit #2 School Board has voted to close Sorento School at the end of the school year.  The lone dissenters in a 4-2 vote were Sorento resident Stephanie Gerol and Aimee Frey. Superintendent Wes Olson noted enrollment has been dropping for more than a decade and he said current concerns about inflation and staffing add to concerns about maintaining the current level of buildings.   An attorney for Sorento parents, Michelle Coady-Carter says the process hasn’t met legal muster when it comes to the Open Meetings Act and laws concerning such moves. Coady-Carter also added a new wrinkle.  She believes the school could be dissolved from the district and annexed by a neighboring district.