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Area School Districts Look to Share Resources

Schools to commission study on sharing.

Five area school board presidents have agreed to explore options to possibly expand shared services among their districts.

The districts collaborating on the study include , along with, Cary Community Consolidated School District 26, Fox River Grove District 3 and Prairie Grove School District 46 — the elementary districts that feed into District 155.

The five board presidents discussed each other’s strengths and needs, and agreed to recommend undertaking the study to their respective boards.

“We all share a common vision of the future,” said Christopher Spoerl, District 26 board president. “That vision includes schools that leverage technology both inside and outside of the classroom, more efficient resource utilization and especially more robust, focused curriculum offerings for all students.”

According to a Dist. 155 release, should each board of education agree to proceed, the study process will include a thorough needs assessment for all five districts. The independent study will look at various resource sharing models and best-practices. A timeline for the study has not been established, but the board presidents agree that it is crucial to move thoughtfully into this process.

“Our goal is to explore potential curricular benefits, organizational efficiencies and cost implications,” said District 155 board president Ted Wagner. “Without an independent study that speaks directly to our situation, we cannot definitely say what would provide the best value to our students, taxpayers and community.”

“It is important to note that the five districts involved in this process consistently produce the highest student achievement in McHenry County,” stated Jeff Mason, District 47 board president. “Any eventual changes would need to preserve or enhance student achievement for all students.”

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