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D-3, D-26 to hear consolidation study results

Two school boards will learn later this month whether a merger between their districts is feasible.

A joint meeting will be held between the Cary School District 26 and Fox River Grove School District 3 boards to hear the results of a consolidation feasibility study, according to a news release.

In May, the boards agreed to have Midwest School Consultants conduct a study on merging the districts. Both districts feed into Cary-Grove High School and have declining enrollment.

The study was expected to look at how much consolidation would cost, how property taxes would work, teacher salary schedules, benefits, transportation issues and possibly curriculum and programs.

The study is expected to include advantages and disadvantages of consolidating the districts.

If consolidation is feasible and something both parties want, there would need to be either a petition by both school boards or by at least 50 registered voters or 10 percent of registered voters in each district, whichever is less. There also would have to be a public hearing and approval from the state and regional superintendents.

Finally, a referendum would need approval from a majority of voters in both districts.

The cost of the study is $15,000 and is being divided between the districts based on student enrollment.

District 26’s share is $12,300; District 3 will pay $2,700.

If the districts receive a state reimbursement of $6,500, District 26’s cost will be reduced to $6,970, and District 3 will pay $1,530.

District 3 and District 26 are working together this year on a special education preschool program.

District 3 is sending about 10 students to District 26 for preschool because it was not feasible for the Fox River Grove district to run its own program, administrators have said.

If you go

What: Joint meeting between the Fox River Grove School District 3 and Cary School District 26 boards

When: 7 p.m. Dec. 12

Where: Cary Junior High School gymnasium, 2109 Crystal Lake Road

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