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District 140 and district 60 look closer at consolidating

Both boards approved a study to see the pros and cons combining would bring.

EUREKA - School districts 1-40 and 60 come together tonight for a special joint meeting to discuss a consolidation study. It looks at the Eureka, Congerville and Goodfield school district combining with the Roanoke and Benson district.  Details of the study were explained by Dr. Bill Phillips, who has conducted over 50 consolidation studies for schools.

Some areas he focused on tonight were combining existing class schedules and school programs, and how schools would repay their debts. Phillips said each school would still pay off their own individual debts once combined. The president of the Eureka school board said they've been considering the consolidation for years, as enrollment decreased.

"We graduated our smallest senior class last, earlier this year than we have in probably over 20 years at Eureka. So these declining student populations definitely make you think about what we need to do" said Cha Leman, president of Eureka school board. 

Both districts approved the creation of the consolidation study, which costs $12,5000. The districts are splitting the cost. The study is expected to be complete by the new year.

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