what is happening?
The various committees and the USD 497 school board are looking at consolidating and closing schools, as part of a larger cost saving proposal, to save money due to a budget deficit for the currend 2021-2022 school year, as well as the upcoming 2022-2023 school year. The school district is legally obligated to balance the budget by June 30, 2022.

As part of the various options for finding savings, several scenarios that close one or multiple elementary and middle schools have been presented.
See the Data & Documents page for more background, data, articles, and other information, including this overview of peer reviewed article about the effects of closing neighborhood schools.

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