No protests to AC-T agreement
It wasn't a matter of "yes" or "no," but "why" and "how."
A public hearing over a proposed whole-grade sharing agreement for Newell-Fonda and Albert City-Truesdale held in Newell Tuesday generated feedback from residents searching for more information, but did not result in a consensus for or against the merge.
Approximately 50 people from the district attended the hearing at the Newell-Fonda high school, engaging in a 90-minute question-and-answer session with superintendent Merle Boerner and members of the school board.
Boerner said he had anticipated just such a smooth meeting.
"It's hard for me to determine whether the sentiments were pro or con," Boerner said. "Nobody really spoke for or against it, but there were quite a few questions on issues like what type of an enhanced curriculum we could have with additional students and what the projected life of the agreement would be. They were all very legitimate questions and were good questions to be asked."
The meeting was shorter than a similar one last week at Albert City, which drew well over 100 people, many with concerns. Boerner said he was not surprised by that.
"The major changes listed in this proposal are not nearly as dramatic for Newell-Fonda as they are for Albert City-Truesdale, so the concerns and comments and questions weren't as numerous," Boerner said. "It's understandable that this meeting would take less time."
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