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AC-T vote is unanimous to share HS, MS at Sioux Central

Monday, June 28, 2004

SC vote comes Monday

The Albert City-Truesdale school board voted 5-0 Thursday night, following a public hearing in the high school gymnasium, to participate in full-grade sharing of its middle and high school with Sioux Central beginning this fall.

AC-T superintendent Steve Mitchell said "there was not one negative comment about the issue of sharing."

Mitchell said that while the public attending the meeting had questions about the AC-T students attending school at Sioux Central, the dialogue was a positive and constructive one.

"I think everyone realized it was time for this to happen," Mitchell said.

"I'm sure there are questions - the issue of the middle school came up first - but I felt the board handled them well and with informative answers. This isn't, after all, something a community takes lightly.

"Sioux Central has shown a much greater willingness to participate with the addition of the middle school as part of the sharing package, so I'm glad that happened."

Mitchell said that if the Sioux Central school board votes for the whole grade sharing in its meeting Monday at 6:30 p.m., all that's left are the logistics of transportation routes - getting as many as 82 students to Sioux Central this fall.

The decision to whole grade share with Sioux Central would leave AC-T with only its K-6 elementary.

At the same time, it would expand the Sioux Central operating funds by more than $300,000, infusing new funds into educational programs for students from both communities.

The districts started sharing sports this year, and with some students already open-enrolling from AC-T to Sioux Central, the sharing discussions were accelerated.

"Tuition with Sioux Central is being negotiated at the present," Mitchell said. "What we are hoping for is the same thing the South Clay district has with Sioux Central - Sioux Central receives 82.5 percent of the state aid granted per child and 17.5 percent remains in South Clay."

Mitchell said AC-T receives $4,800 of state aid per student which would mean $3,960 would go to Sioux Central.

"We would use the remaining 17.5 percent or $840 to pay for the student's transportation," Mitchell said.

That transportation would be provided by the AC-T district.

"For all the kids underage or without other transportation, we would provide it to Sioux Central," Mitchell said. "For the elementary kids it would be just like last year, we will continue to provide transportation to the elementary school."

Sioux Central school board will vote on whole grade sharing with AC-T Monday at 6:30 p.m. in the Sioux Central school commons.



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