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12/17/2013 2:17:00 PM Email this articlePrint this article 
Consolidation forum tentatively set for Jan. 23
The Lawrenceville Unit 20 and Red Hill Unit 10 school districts will vote this week on a proposal to conduct a joint meeting on Jan. 23 to discuss the pros and cons of consolidating the two districts that make up Lawrence County.

A news release from Unit 20 Superintendent Doug Daugherty points out that the meeting, which is tentatively scheduled for 7 p.m. at New Hope Christian Church in Bridgeport, will be for informational purposes only and no action will be taken on the consolidation question at the meeting.

The Unit 20 school board is scheduled to vote Wednesday night on whether or not to schedule a consolidation public forum, and the Unit 10 board is scheduled to take a similar vote Thursday night on the prospects of a joint meeting.

A main purpose of the meeting is to allow citizens to express their views regarding consolidation of the two school districts and to determine whether or not to place the question on the ballot for the November 2014 election.

"A few years ago, the districts did a consolidation study and, from what I understand, the consolidation issue just died away with no community vote," Daugherty said.

Unit 10 Superintendent Matt Seaton said he is urging residents to attend the meeting and be heard.

"The Red Hill Board of Education will carefully consider all viewpoints of this topic, and encourages all who wish to speak for or against consolidation to attend the meeting, once set by both boards of education," Seaton said.

Both school districts are pre-k through high school.

The Unit 20 school district has more than 1,200 students and three attendance centers - Parkside Elementary School (pre-k through 5th), Parkview Junior High (6th-8th) and Lawrenceville High School.

The Unit 10 district has more than 1,100 students and also has three schools - Bridgeport Grade School (pre-k through 3rd), Sumner Attendance Center (4th-6th) and Red Hill Junior/Senior High School.


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