Three area school districts are in the process of forming a Regional High School, but don't get them wrong - it isn't a move toward consolidation. Instead, one superintendent feels, the teamwork will help each of the three retain their independent status for years to come.
"Consolidating these schools is not the intent. It's almost just the opposite," Sioux Central Superintendent Bonnie Meier told the Pilot-Tribune this week. "Our intent is for each school to keep its own identity but to work together to offer the kids the kind of education they could have in a large district."
Sioux Central is teaming with Laurens-Marathon and Albert City-Truesdale to form the Regional High School concept. "Take the resources and numbers of the three together, and you would have a school that nearly equals Storm Lake or Spencer in size," Meier said.
The districts had applied for a grant to aid in the planning for a regional high school, but were turned down. All three decided to proceed anyway, she said.
Read the rest of this article in the 12/14 Pilot Tribune.