North Winn continues long-term planning
Wednesday, November 13, 2013 4:09 AM
The North Winneshiek School Board continued to discuss long-range planning during its meeting Monday night.
Last month, the Board met with the Decorah School Board to discuss possible options. Following a feasibility study by the Iowa Department of Education, North Winneshiek officials were informed that due to declining enrolment and stagnant state/federal revenues, the District would not be able to maintain its pre-K through eighth grade school beyond the year 2017.
Options for the District include increasing whole-grad sharing, consolidating or dissolving. Monday night, North Winneshiek Superintendent Tim Dugger said the Board discussed the topic, but acknowledged any plan must be coordinated with the Decorah's School Districts future facility needs.
"It comes down to what Decorah is going to need with their John Cline (Elementary) issue and ho this is all going to play out with that. We just don't even know what the next step is. We're letting Decorah start to refine what they're thinking as far as their facilities issues. How we might play into that is speculation on our part," Dugger said.
"We would like to keep something here, as far as grade levels and programming, but we have no idea what that would look like. We have a well-maintained facility with a varsity-sized gym and 24 acres of green space that would be beneficial in future school planning. We really have a good working relationship with Decorah," he said.
Dugger said the future of the North Winn School would become clear within the next few months. The Decorah Board will be touring North Winneshiek in the near future. The North Winn Board approved having Board members Brenda Kreitzer and Ben Lange serve on the long-range planning committee with the Decorah School District.
In other business, the Board approved a request to the School Budget Review Committee for $120,020 in additional allowable growth money to cover unfunded enrollment changes for the current school year. The request is for spending authority, not cash, meaning it will not raise property taxes this year.
The Board also approved purchasing a new water fountain that has a water bottle filling station.
The Board also noted the first-fifth grade Christmas concert is 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12.