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AC-T crowd wary of Newell-Fonda merge

Monday, March 31, 2003

Informal survey shows interest in two other options

More than 100 concerned citizens of Albert City-Truesdale school district attended a public hearing over a proposed whole-grade sharing proposal with Newell-Fonda on Wednesday night, voicing their opinions about a motion that would send Hurricane high school students to Newell-Fonda beginning next school year.

AC-T superintendent Steve Mitchell, Newell-Fonda superintendent Merle Boerner and members of the AC-T school board answered questions and received input from the crowd on the issue during the meeting, held in the high school gym. Such meetings must be held by each school district involved in a potential whole-grade sharing agreement before they can vote on a proposal.

Many of those present spoke of their concerns about the possible agreement, including Todd Romo, who presented results from a survey he conducted earlier this month of AC-T citizens. Romo said 177 of 198 returned surveys disagree with the current proposal, while 183 wanted to explore options with either the Sioux Central or Laurens-Marathon districts.

"This is not a wishy-washy consensus at all," Romo said. "These results show that there are 95 percent of the people who are not in favor of this right now."

Others sought answers from the board on specific issues of the potential agreement.

AC-T board president Gary Hogrefe responded to many of the questions, including whether the proposal was weighted in favor of Newell-Fonda, where a high school would be retained.

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