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New Glarus school board explores consolidation options
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NEW GLARUS - The New Glarus School Board will discuss the possibility of consolidating with other school districts during its meeting Monday.

In December, the Wisconsin Department of Instruction sent information to all Wisconsin school districts offering a grant for those districts that want to study the idea of consolidating with other districts, New Glarus school board President Chris Bowie said.

That made him wonder if other districts near New Glarus would be interested in consolidating.

"I know people have talked about it informally in the past," he said.

New Glarus District Administrator Barb Thompson said the district approached Monticello several years ago, but nothing came of the discussions about the two districts joining.

Bowie said he recently talked with school board presidents from Monticello and Belleville and asked them to bring the consolidation idea to their boards. He was told both school boards will discuss the possibility Monday when they have their meetings.

If one or both school districts are receptive to the idea of a consolidation, Bowie said the New Glarus school district will submit the necessary forms for the study grant.

The grant will enable the districts to examine such things as enrollment, levies and tax rates to determine if it would make sense, from a financial point of view, for the districts to consolidate.

"It takes money to start looking at those things to find out if it's a good idea for the districts," Bowie said. "Until we do a study, we don't know what the potential savings would be."

The New Glarus School Board Committee of the Whole meets at 7:15 p.m. Monday in the high school library.