Alta Kiwanis Report: Superintendant Evans talks about consolidation

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Lynn Evans, Alta-Aurelia School Superintendent was this week’s guest speaker. Alta-Aurelia school
 district is in the process of going from whole grade sharing to consolidation.

On Sept. 12 voters in their respective communities will vote to accept or reject this measure.

The vote also coincides with local school board elections. Sharing began in 2010 with sports and by 2011 academic sharing began.

Eventually Alta became the site for the high school. Alta already had its own Elementary. Aurelia became the site for middle school. Aurelia also had its own elementary.

Benefits of sharing include more course offerings, increased extra-curricular opportunies, increased access to tech for students and staff, and increased access for the community.

However, with sharing each school had its own school board, financial burdens etc.

Benefits of reorganization include long term stability, financial incentive-- 3 year tax roll-back with an additional 3 years added if reorganization occurs by 2019, more efficiency with one school board’ possibility of reduced property tax rates, increased enrollment-- more money per student.

If reorganization passes the new school district would be known as Alta-Aurelia Community School District. Kiwanis business: Aug. 18- Next pop can collection. Sign-up for ticket-taking at home football games.