G-RF officials cool to reorganization

G-RF officials cool to reorganization

GEORGETOWN — Georgetown-Ridge Farm school leaders say meetings to discuss possible southern Vermilion County school district reorganizations have been informative and may prove productive, but are unlikely to convince district officials and residents to make any external changes.

Georgetown-Ridge Farm School Board President Kevin Latoz said he and the school superintendent attended a meeting of area school officials a few months ago to discuss ideas and the potential benefits of combining some area high schools or whole districts, but he felt it was premature to even consider those sorts of reorganizations.

In the past month, the superintendents and some school board members of the nearby Catlin and Westville districts have openly said they are interested in exploring various options — including making a single cooperative high school for the Catlin, Georgetown-Ridge Farm, Jamaica, Oakwood and Westville districts — that would allow them to combine resources, pool property tax revenues and improve academic and extracurricular offerings.

Latoz said state funding for the construction of new schools — which might be needed if a cooperative high school is pursued — is very uncertain at this time. He said he wanted to focus on making the Georgetown-Ridge Farm district as good as possible.

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