Sherrard BOE signs resolution against forced consolidation

Cathy Decker/Staff reporter

The Sherrard Board of Education voted 6-1 Wednesday, March 9, 2011 to support a resolution drafted by the Illinois Association of School Boards and Illinois Association of School Administrators "against" forced consolidation.

In part, the resolution states that both associations strongly oppose any legislative proposals for mandatory school district consolidation and both the IASB and IASA believe that "reorganization of school districts should be an indication of the community's interests and values, rather than decreed indiscriminately from the Legislature."

Voting in favor of the resolution were board members Larry Stone, Brad Ward, Art Meyers, Lori Baker, Janice Viernow and Angie Edmondson.

Board member Timothy Arbet voted against the joint resolution.

Before the vote was made, board members discussed the resolution.

Arbet pointed out the wording "strongly opposes ANY legislative proposals for mandatory school district consolidation."

He said he did agree that taking the school district away from local control was a bad thing, but said, "over 200 (districts) have only one school."

Stone remembered when Winola merged into the Sherrard school district. "That was a great move for Sherrard," he said.

"I'm a big local control guy," said Arbet. "We need to save money for the kids," he added.