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District 90 Board debates role in school consolidation

The District 90 Board of Education recognized their Employees of the Month, sponsored in September by Visionary Wealth Advisors – Mike Clark. Pictured on left is Board President John Wagnon and the September Teacher of the Month Amanda Mellenthin. At right is Wagnon and the September Support Staff Employee of the Month Nancy Binder. (O’Fallon Weekly Photos by Nick Miller)

A discussion revolving around whether District 90 should contribute to the funding for a study on school district consolidation revealed mixed feelings as to the role of the school board in the process at the Board of Education’s September 19 meeting.

The resolution, put forth my Board Member Jason Boone, called for the district to give $1,000 towards the cost of the study that will determine the feasibility of consolidating the four area school districts in O’Fallon and Shiloh.

“I’d like our Board, based on the voice of the community and the interests the community has in consolidation, to lead this effort and be the first district to make a small contribution of $1,000 towards the study,” Boone said.

Boone stated that at the recent BEST Committee meeting Chamber President Paul Evans spoke about the committee of eleven the Chamber has assembled and the current status of the process. He then stated that Evans had asked the school districts if their boards would consider contributing towards the study.  However, Board Member Becky Drury disagreed with Boone’s report and said she remembered the meeting differently.

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