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No public objections to dissolution

G-R Dissolution Commission to go ahead with next steps

April 23, 2017
ADAM SODDERS - Central Iowa Press , Reinbeck Courier

REINBECK - After an initial dissolution process failed to hold up, a new, but basically identical, plan to dissolve the current Gladbrook-Reinbeck Community School District is set to be presented to the school board in May.

A public meeting on the proposal was held Monday night in the auditorium of the G-R Junior-Senior High School in Reinbeck, and none of the roughly 21 public audience members gave a comment or objection to the plan.

"This committee was organized in December of this last year (2016) and by December of 2017 (is) when we have to have the proposal written to be presented to the G-R school board," said G-R Dissolution Commission Chairwoman Anne Boyer. "As you can tell, we're well in advance of that."

The proposal would see the current G-R district divided among five surrounding community school districts, including North Tama, Dike-New Hartford, Green Mountain-Garwin, Grundy Center and Hudson. Two additional districts have been inquired about their interest in the dissolution process, but are not set to absorb the current G-R district under this proposal.

"Because we went through this process the first time, all seven districts found no reason to meet again so we did not meet with any of the school districts again and that was at their confirmation that, unless we change the proposal, they would reserve the right to meet," Boyer said.

The map being proposed is essentially identical to the one drawn up during the first attempted dissolution process, which began formally in 2015. Due to an issue with the petition process, that attempt did not go through and prompted a redo.

"We will finalize the minutes for tonight's meeting, we will then submit all of the communication, along with the proposal, to the surrounding school districts," Boyer said, adding the only update to the map was that H Avenue, not U Avenue, is set as a western boundary for GMG under the proposal.

Assuming there are no further objections to the proposal, Boyer said the plan now is to present the commission's proposal to the school board at the May 18 meeting. If the board approves the plan as it is currently drawn up, the proposal would then go to G-R district voters for a final decision.

If the voters so choose, the district would then be dissolved along the agreed upon lines.

The May 18 meeting is set to begin 6:30 p.m. in the multi-purpose room of G-R Elementary School at 300 Cedar St. in Reinbeck.



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