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Illinois Schools Revisit Consolidation

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United Township, East Moline, Silvis, Carbon Cliff-Barstow, and Colona are looking to create one school district.

Under the potential consolidation, five districts would split the bill, paying salaries for 400 teachers. And no school would be closed under the proposal.

School consolidation in the United Township School Districts has been discussed on and off since the 1960's, as superintendents have asked whether it's better to combine into one.

Results from a study in June 2013, suggest the new district would have a stable population base and have its curriculum aligned across the district.

Carbon Cliff-Barstow Superintendent Andy Richmond says a consolidation has some big issues for voters to weigh, but there are positives for parents and schools to consider.

"Instead of having five separate curriculums, having one curriculum, providing many more activities for kids."

However, the taxes to pay for a combined school district will change for each district, with some going down and other's going up.

"Right now the tax rate is about 3.12, if we consolidate with the other elementary districts and United Township, the tax rate in our district would jump to 5.70."

Paying for teacher salaries in a new district that would employ 400 teachers, where five districts split the bill before.

No schools would be closed under the plan.

This decision is still years in the making, but the districts want to hear from parents.

Silvis School District is hosting a meeting Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. at Northeast Junior High.

UTHS is hosting a meeting next Wednesday, August 7, 2013, at 6:30  p.m.

The potential consolidation is considered a hybrid consolidation. Individual school districts can choose to remain independent, and that choice will not affect whether other districts consolidate.

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