(Stanton) The Stanton School Board turned down Villisca’s sharing proposal at a special meeting Tuesday night at Stanton High School. Around 50 school district patrons attended the meeting. Stanton Superintendent Judd Ashley says the board put a lot of weight on a survey sent out to school district residents. He says 261-people responded and out of those, 187 agreed to whole-grade sharing with Villisca, but 189 wanted the high school in Stanton, while the Villisca board’s proposal was to house the high school students in Villisca.
“I think that was the major point that concerned the board along with the timeline. Because the Villisca school board wasn’t sure if the whole-grade sharing agreement would go into effect in the 2012-2013 school year or the 2013-2014 school year,” stated Ashley. “ Therefore, the Stanton School board voted 5-0, not to accept the proposal.”
Ashley says, “All schools across the state, depending on the funding and enrollment, are under stress, so it appears Villisca and Corning will have a chance of going together. But we will continue to weigh our options and contact a couple of schools to our north and west.” Ashley is talking about Griswold, Essex and Red Oak.
Ashley says, for right now the Stanton School District is in good financial shape, but they will have to eventually look at having a partner.
December 7, 2011