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A Review Consolidation Study Recommendations and Possible Timeline Colona SD 190 | East Moline SD 37 | Silvis SD 34 | United Township HSD 30
- UT and the partner districts are considered dual districts. - Carbon Cliff/Barstow, Colona, East Moline, Hampton and Silvis are the five elementary partner districts who send students to UTHS District #30. - A variety of consolidation studies have occurred over the years, with the most recent study in 2004.
What Changed Regarding Consolidation? Prior to 2008, consolidation law stipulated that if a consolidation vote occurred and voters in one district defeated the measure, the consolidation could not happen even if other districts approved the measure. In 2008, this law changed, allowing dual districts to form a hybrid district and the elementary districts who fail to pass the measure to remain an elementary district, with their students attending the same high school as before.
Recommendations The five districts should consider conducting discussions about the feasibility of coming together as one district. All 10 schools in proposed study should remain open. Two junior highs (Glenview and Silvis Northeast), instead of four could be utilized. In-depth review of elementary curriculum should be done, stressing horizontal and vertical alignment of K-8 curriculum incorporating Common Core Standards.
Recommendations Extra-curricular and intramural activities could be enhanced for all students at the junior high/middle school level. Student population provides that current certified teaching staff should be similar. Teacher salary differentials would be covered by the projected large increase in General State Aid. Reduction of duplicative services may further reduce expenditures. Student transportation efficiencies could result in transportation savings.
Recommendations Update financial data (as it becomes available) used in making final revenue predictions/recommendations Capitalize on state incentive money – estimated at $19,850,012. This money should be used to fund necessary, one-time expenditures such as transportation, equipment, signage, etc. and not used in planning for continual, yearly expenses The five boards should meet as soon as possible to determine interest in moving forward.
A Timeline Key Dates for Possible Consolidation
Key Dates Prior to May 1, The School Boards should each adopt resolutions authorizing the submittal of the petition for consolidation upon approval of the waiver. The committee of ten should be designated and the petition should be completed. By May 1, the waiver related to the “substantially coterminous” requirement should be approved by the General Assembly allowing the school district to move forward with the consolidation petition with just the high school district and three elementary school districts. 105 ILCS 5/2-3.25g. Early May, The school boards submit the petition of consolidation to the regional superintendent. 105 ILCS 5/11E-35.
Key Dates Throughout May, The regional superintendent, at the cost of the boards, publishes notice of the hearing at least once each week for three weeks prior to the hearing. 105 ILCS 5/11E-40(a)(2). Last week of May, The regional superintendent holds the hearing. Must be within 15 days after the last notice for the hearing. 105 ILCS 5/11E-45. First week of June, The regional superintendent renders a decision on the petition. This must occur within 14 days after the conclusion of the hearing. 105 ILCS 5/11E-50(a).
Key Dates End of June The State Superintendent must act on the petition. This must occur within 21 days after receipt of the regional superintendent’s decision. 105 ILCS 5/11E-50(b). By July 3, The petition must be approved by this time for placement on the ballot. The regional superintendent must also prepare notice of the election. 10 ILCS 5/28-2(b) and (g); 105 ILCS 5/11E-55. August 29, The regional superintendent must certify the question for placement on the ballot. 10 ILCS 5/28-5. November 4, Election.
Legislative Waiver The Law and Our Options
Legislative Waiver Various rules set by ISBE must be followed in order to proceed with a consolidation question being put on the ballot. Sec. 11E-30. Partial elementary unit district formation. (c) A high school district and 2 or more elementary districts that collectively are substantially coterminous may seek to organize into an optional elementary unit district as provided in this Article, provided that territory comprising at least 51% of the equalized assessed valuation of the high school district is subject to a combined high school and elementary maximum annual authorized tax rate for educational purposes of 4.0% or less. The optional elementary unit district shall serve all residents of the district for high school purposes. The optional elementary unit district shall serve residents of only those elementary districts electing to join the optional elementary unit district, as determined in accordance with subsection (b) of Section 11E-65 of this Code, for elementary purposes. The corporate existence of any elementary district electing not to join the optional elementary unit district in accordance with subsection (b) of Section 11E-65 of this Code shall not be affected by the formation of an optional elementary unit district, and an elementary district electing not to join the optional elementary unit district shall continue to serve residents of the district for elementary purposes.
Legislative Waiver "Substantially coterminous" means that a high school district and one or more elementary districts share the same boundaries or share the same boundaries except for territory encompassing, for a particular district, (i) less than 25% of the land area of the district, (ii) less than 8% of the student enrollment of the district, and (iii) less than 8% of the equalized assessed valuation of the district.
Legislative Waiver Participating districts do not meet the (i) less than 25% of the land area of the district provision. With Carbon Cliff/Barstow and Hampton not participating, the total land mass of those districts are approximately 32%. (39 sq. miles total in UT district). Participating districts must evaluate options to circumnavigate this law. What are the options?
Legislative Waiver Our Options Seek a legal remedy in terms of altering current legislation Do nothing – end consolidation discussions Seek legislative waiver
Legislative Waiver What does a waiver do? Allows participating districts to move forward, regardless of law. House and Senate must either disapprove or take no action. State agency (ISBE) also must be agreeable. If all agreeable, waiver is approved.
Legislative Waiver BOE Action All participating BOEs must take action in their home district. Waiver request is then submitted to ISBE. ISBE board hears request, if approved, forwarded to legislature. House/Senate will consider, likely in March. Representatives Smiddy and Verschoore and Senator Jacobs have all been approached about supporting this waiver.
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