Ivesdale board member criticizes discussion on schools

IVESDALE — An Ivesdale village board member has objected to two board members' actions related to the Bement school district's reorganization discussions.

The Bement and Cerro Gordo school boards are in talks about a joint feasibility study on options including deactivating Bement High School, a full consolidation with Cerro Gordo or a cooperative high school.

Kym Somers on Monday complained that Village President Donna Gallivan and Village Administrator Jim Brewer met last month with Unit 7 Superintendent Andrew Larson and school board President Fred Koss about whether it would be possible for Ivesdale's 53 K-12 students to attend Unit 7 schools.

Gallivan said she and Brewer had met with Larson and Koss as individuals and not in their capacity as village officials.

Somers also objected to Gallivan attending a reorganization meeting at Bement High School.

Gallivan said she expressed no opinion to the school board and only asked members to consider Ivesdale students in their decisions.

Last month, Somers was not present when board members discussed the fact that Tolono is closer to Ivesdale than Cerro Gordo.

Somers said she would rather have her children in school in Bement or Cerro Gordo and contended that people in Ivesdale should have been surveyed before any actions were taken.

"You should have asked the residents," Somers said. "They should have been represented as a whole."

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