Monticello contacts neighboring districts over cooperation
MONTICELLO — Piatt County school districts will receive a letter from Monticello school officials asking if they wish to cooperate on future endeavors that could include the sharing of facilities and instructional resources.
With some districts considering building upgrades and others looking at possible mergers, Monticello School Superintendent Vic Zimmerman "thought it would be a good idea to reach out to the other school districts in Piatt County, suggesting that we look at finding ways of sharing services when we possibly can, which could include consolidation, tuitioning of students, access to shared vocational or advanced placement classes, new cooperatives; basically suggesting that we possibly get together and talk about ways we can work together for the betterment of the students of Piatt County."
The Monticello superintendent said the letter also "alludes to the possibility of sharing of school buildings in the future, the idea of possibly having a Piatt County High School, to see if there is any interest from any of these schools."
He noted there is $440 million in total assessed valuation in the county, equaling about $150,000 of EAV per student.
"No one is committing to consolidation or taking tuition students or sharing advanced placement classes but we're willing to talk about it," he added.
There was no formal vote by the Monticello school board, but members saw no problem sending the letter to the Bement, Cerro Gordo, DeLand-Weldon and Blue Ridge districts.