Potential merger of two area school districts gets okay from state
The consolidation of the Catlin and Jamaica School Districts is now one step away from being put before voters this fall.
That comes after Illinois State Superintendent Christopher Koch approved the consolidation petition on Monday.
Now there will be a 35 day period where objections to the proposal can be filed with the Vermilion County Circuit Court.
If that goes well, the consolidation question will appear before voters on the November 4th ballot. That ballot will also include picking seven board members for the potential new school district.
Catlin Superintendent Gary Lewis says the objection period will be an important time for Catlin and Jamaica.
If the ballot question is approved by voters in November, the merger between Catlin and Jamaica would start with the 2015-2016 school year.
Under the plan, each district would keep its grade school, while middle school students would attend class in Jamaica and high school students would go to school in Catlin.