Published On: Thu, Jan 23rd, 2014

Consolidation vote is moved to Feb. 10

LAUREL  — The vote on the proposed Laurel-Concord-Coleridge school consolidation that had been scheduled to take place in January has been moved to Feb. 10.

The consolidation vote was tabled until the February board meeting to allow the full boards from both school districts to be present for the vote.

The L-C-C School districts may also be in line for some financial benefits due to the delay in making the decision on the consolidation of the two districts.

A bill is being proposed that could provide some funding for schools that consolidate, according to Supt. Randall Klooz.

The funding could be worth close to $125,000 for each school district involved in a consolidation. A feasibility study needs to be done to meet all of the requirements.

“I want to make sure the public knows the wait for the vote is not due to any disagreements or problems. When it became apparent that a full board would not be present on Jan. 13 or on Jan. 20 the proposed vote was moved to the February meeting so all of the board members would have the opportunity to vote,” Klooz said.

“This also gives us time to do the feasibility study and be in line for some funds if the bill is passed,” Klooz added.

The Feb. 10 LCC School Board meeting will be held at 5 p.m. at Laurel. The consolidation agreement will be one of the first items on the agenda for the meeting.

“The Lewis and Clark Championship (basketball) game is in Laurel that night — the meeting is at 5 p.m. as we needed to work around the game,” Klooz said.

One Coleridge board member and two Laurel-Concord board members were absent during the meeting Monday.