DotPhoto | Subscribe | Advertise | Contact Us | Deaths
Daily News in Robinson, Ill. | Crawford County, Illinois

Advertise With Us
Forms to print
Guest Book
Video Library

US and State Elected Officials
Municipal Governments
County Officials
County Board

home : local news : local news June 28, 2016

1/24/2014 11:21:00 AM
Unit 3 pursuing merger studies with units 1, 2
Non-district sources sought to pay for feasibility studies.
Daily News

Palestine Unit 3 will pursue consolidation feasibility studies with both Hutsonville and Robinson school districts.

The Unit 3 school board Tuesday night approved pursuing feasibility studies with Unit 1 and Unit 2. Superintendent Joe Sornberger will solicit bids from companies that perform the service, and coordinate with the other superintendents to agree on one.

One catch is that Palestine will only agree to the studies if its portion of the cost does not come from district funds. Sornberger said he believes there are funds available, and will be looking at private donations or grants. Each study is expected to cost around $10,000, with the districts splitting the cost.

Hutsonville and Palestine had discussed re-evaluating a feasibility study from 10 years ago, but with pursuing a study with Robinson, they need to have comparable studies.

Going along with the feasibility study, Sornberger reported on the results of the survey that was sent out last month. Of the 1,100 surveys sent out only 155 were returned. Sornberger said that is not really enough to draw firm conclusions, but it does give a feel for what some people in the district are thinking.

The overall consensus of the returned surveys was that Unit 3 needs to investigate options with regard to consolidation. Sornberger said he is still sifting through the comments and suggestions, and will post the results on the school website.

Trustee Shari Eckert said the survey is a good start and will help them make short-term decisions while they gather information to make long term decisions.

In other business, the board approved the tuition waiver for students of full-time employees of the district, released closed meeting minutes from July 15 to Dec. 16, 2013, and approved destruction of closed session recordings prior to July 1, 2012.

January and December weather-related school closings necessitate a revision of the school calendar. The district will extend the calendar to make up for those days missed. They requesting two days be named Act of God days that do not have to be made up. The new calender puts the last day of school on May 29, with teacher institute on May 30.

Based on the new calendar, high school graduation will be Saturday, May 24, at 2 p.m., and eighth grade graduation will be Tuesday, May 27, at 7 p.m.

The board accepted the resignation of long-time junior high track coach Becky McKinley and approved posting that position.

Article Comment Submission Form
Please feel free to submit your comments.

Article comments are not posted immediately to the Web site. Each submission must be approved by the Web site editor, who may edit content for appropriateness. There may be a delay of 24-48 hours for any submission while the web site editor reviews and approves it.

Note: All information on this form is required. Your telephone number is for our use only, and will not be attached to your comment.
Submit an Article Comment
First Name:
Last Name:
Anti-SPAM Passcode Click here to see a new mix of characters.
This is an anti-SPAM device. It is not case sensitive.

Advanced Search

ExtrasRobinson Living
Site Design and Content Copyright 2016 Robinson Daily News
Software © 1998-2016 1up! Software, All Rights Reserved