Information regarding the reorganization process
by Dan Oakley
May 26, 2010
The Committee of Ten now how its own web site on which all meeting information will be posted. You may access the page at https://sites.google.com/site/abingdonavonbpc/home.
May 21, 2010
The next Committee of Ten meeting will be held in the Bushnell-Prairie City High School auditorium Thursday, May 27, 2010 at 7:00 pm.
May 14, 2010
The next Committee of Ten meeting will be held as follows:
Abingdon HS, Thursday May 20,2010, 7:00p.m.
1. Roll Call
2. Review/discussion of the opening meeting in Avon
3. Report on the sub committee structure and accept proposals for the number of members
a. Accept motions on the sub-committee numbers on each committee
b. Explain to the public that a review of candidates will occur after the Committee meets in executive session.
4. List the sub-committees and make sure that candidates have either an e-mail address or a
phone number where they can be reached.
d. Extra Curricular
e. Building and Grounds
f. Communication and Media Committee
5. Establish dates and times for meetings of the Committee of 10 and the above sub-committees
a. Continue rotating the meetings on this order: Avon -1, Abingdon-2, Bushnell-PC - 3
6. Expectations for the sub-committees is as follows:
a. Names of those attending
b. summary of the discussion
c. conclusions reached
7. Discussion of the role of the Committee of 10
a. Recording secretary or the Communication/Media Committee to release reports to the media following each meeting.
8. Collect/ review and discuss the four(4) reasons for alignment of the 3 districts.
a. Collect/review the two major obstacles to overcome to bring about a successful reorganization.
10. Next meeting - May 27, 7:00 pm - B-PC High School
a. Topics for that meeting:
11. Entertain a motion to go into executive session to discuss the candidates for the respective sub-committees.
12. Return to open session and accept nominations for the sub- committees as listed above
May 13, 2010
The Committee of Ten selected Jerry Arthur of Bushnell-Prairie City as the chairman of the Committee of Ten. The committee includes: Todd Thompson, Bonnie Froelich, and Sherry Lomax of Abingdon; Diane Thompson, David L. Serven, and Jeanne Serven of Avon; and Jerry Arthur, Jonathon Miller, and Dan Mahr of Bushnell-Prairie City.
April 16, 2010
For your convenience, a reorganization FAQ has been organized on the Avon district website. You may access the FAQ by clicking here. Any additional questions to be answered and placed on the FAQ page may be submitted to .
March 24, 2010
Avon Community Unit School District #176 is seeking community members interested in being a part of the Committee of 10 that will be formed to further investigate the proposed three-way consolidation of the Avon, Abingdon, and Bushnell-Prairie City school districts. Interested persons should submit a letter of interest including: name and contact information including telephone number; reason for interest in participating on the Committee of 10; and areas of expertise, such as Finance, Building/Grounds, Curriculum, Transportation, etc., that would be useful as a member of the Committee of 10. Letters of interest should be sent to Mr. Dan Oakley, Superintendent, 320 East Wood Street, Avon, IL, 61415 no later than April 10, 2010. All responders will be notified of the selections after the Avon Board of Education meeting, April 14, 2010.
Click here to access the PowerPoint presentation from the Avon community meeting of March 11, 2010. If you have any questions regarding the presentation, please contact Mr. Oakley at [email protected]
March 2, 2010
The Avon Community Unit School District #176 Board of Education would like to announce that there will be a community meeting Thursday, March 11, 2010, at 7:30 pm in the Avon High School gymnasium. The purpose of the meeting will be to discuss the recent feasibility study and the Board of Education’s stance in regard to the study. This is an open meeting, and the public is encouraged to attend.
February 19, 2010
The Avon Board of Education continued meeting regarding the reorganization process, meeting with a community panel last night. The group continued discussions regarding the feasibility study and the reorganization process, as well as next steps. The group split up into four subcommittees: Curriculum, Finance, Facilities/Transportation, and Organization/Timetable. The Board of Education will hold another special meeting with the community panel to continue discussions on Thursday, February 25 at 7:30 pm in the Avon Elementary School all-purpose room. The public is welcome to attend and listen to discussions as they continue.
February 11, 2010
At last night's regular Board of Education meeting, the Board affirmed its desire to pursue the three-way reorganization option with the Abingdon and Bushnell-Prairie City school districts, and also noted its interest in moving toward a committee of 10 with the other two districts.
January 29, 2010
The combined Boards of Education for Avon, Abingdon and Bushnell-Prairie City school districts hosted a public meeting Thursday, January 28 at Avon High School to hear the results of the feasibility study between the three districts. The study was presented by Midwestern School Consultants, comprised of Dr. William Phillips, Dr. Leonard Bogle, and Dr. Scott Day. There was a good turnout, with more than 200 people in attendance. The Boards of Education would like to thank all who attended and participated.
The consultants were tasked with studying three options: 1) a combination of all three districts; 2) options for Avon and Bushnell-Prairie City only; and 3) options for Avon and Abingdon. They were also tasked by law to make a recommendation for future direction.
A copy of the study is available for download at the conclusion of this article; however, for those not wishing to wade through the document, here is a brief synopsis of the recommendations made by the consultants. These recommendations were made based on the consultants' independent assessment of curricular possibilities for students, building capabilities, and financial status, among others. They are: 1) Consolidate all three districts into one unit district; 2) place the combined high school in the current Bushnell-Prairie City High/Middle School buildings; 3) place the combined middle school in the current Abingdon High/Middle School; and 4) keep the current elementary buildings in place.
The consultants also recommended a tax rate for the combined district, although Dr. Phillips stressed over and over again that this was only an estimate to work from based on financial information through the 2008-2009 school year. The tax rate recommended was $5.44 per $100 of equalized assessed valuation.
The Boards of Education will now begin discussions of the study results in their individual districts. It is the task of the Boards of Education to determine what direction would be the best for their individual districts.
NEWS RELEASE FOR TUESDAY, JANUARY 19, 2010
FEASIBILITY STUDY RESULTS TO BE RELEASED
The Boards of Education of the Abingdon, Avon, and Bushnell-Prairie City School Districts will host a joint meeting to release results of the reorganization feasibility study. The feasibility study was conducted by Dr. William Phillips, Dr. Scott Day, and Dr. Leonard Bogle, professors from University of Illinois, Springfield. The study took several months to complete. This study began as a result of these school districts exploring new ways to offer high quality curriculum programs for the students in their communities in a fiscally responsible manner. The joint meeting is scheduled for Thursday, January 28, 2010, at 7:30 PM in the Avon High School Gym. The public is invited.
August 13, 2009
JOINT PRESS RELEASE
Abingdon Community Unit School District 217
Avon Community Unit School District 176
Bushnell-Prairie City Community Unit School District 170
The Abingdon, Avon and Bushnell-Prairie City school district's Boards of Education have approved a feasibility study between the three districts. The broad purposes of the study are to: increase and enhance curricular and extra-curricular opportunities; maintain a commitment to education in a rural setting; and maintain elementary schools in each of the three districts.
The feasibility study will collect data and make conclusions regarding the possibility of reorganization between the three districts, as well as the two-way data between Avon and each of the remaining districts. The study will begin this September, with results expected early in January.
May 15, 2009
At a recent meeting of the Avon Community Unit School District #176 Board of Education, the Board discussed reorganization extensively. The Board concluded that, at this time, it was in the best interest of the students of Avon CUSD #176 to continue reorganization discussions with only the Abingdon and Bushnell-Prairie City school districts.
Representatives of the three districts plan to meet sometime in June to discuss possibilities for the next steps in the reorganization process.
Dan Oakley, Superintendent
December 11, 2008
Letter to Avon community members:
Recently, the Board of Education of Avon Community Unit School District #176 began the process of talking about reorganization with its neighboring districts. The board asked the superintendent to send letters to the four districts bordering Avon regarding their interest in talking about reorganization with Avon school district. While this does not necessarily mean that reorganization is imminent, it does indicate that the Board of Education is continuing to work to provide the best possible education for its students within the scope of resources available to the district.
Avon school district’s main concerns revolve around the steady drop in student population, especially at the high school level, which is down from 101 students in the fall of 2004 to 67 students in the fall of 2008, and the district’s ability to provide those students with the increasingly demanding curriculum and progress prescribed of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. As reflected in the annual graduate surveys conducted by the district, recent graduates often point out the quality of courses and teachers provided by Avon school district, but also the lack of availability of higher-level courses, such as Calculus or Chemistry II, as compared to those with whom they are competing at universities such as Western Illinois University or University of Illinois.
As the discussions surrounding the reorganization process continue, the Avon Board of Education has four primary goals that guide the process: 1) value and protect rural education for our students; 2) increase the available curriculum for high school students; 3) preserve the elementary building and program in Avon for some time into the future; and 4) preserve jobs for staff members as much as possible. The board is committed to these goals.
In the final analysis, no reorganization can occur without the support of the community. The Board of Education has made no decisions regarding the direction of any potential reorganization, and has chosen to gather information on many options. Considering the far-reaching effects of any potential reorganization, the board believes that the children of the community are owed the diligence of looking at as much quality data as possible. The board is in a data-gathering stage, which may include a reorganization study with one or more contiguous districts. Such data gathering may require that the board meet with representatives from other school boards to discuss and approve the form and function of the study. Once that study is complete and the data is available, the board intends to engage the Avon community in constructive discussions as to the best solution for the students, present and future, of the Avon school district.
Avon Community Unit School District #176 plans to continue to work closely with Bushnell-Prairie City School District #170 in partnering to provide a quality athletic program for students in grades 7-12 as the reorganization conversation continues. The recent strength and success of the high school football program highlights the quality and teamwork of the BPCA cooperative.
Throughout the process, the Board of Education desires to be as transparent as possible. Any community member wishing to discuss the current status of the reorganization process may reach the superintendent, Mr. Dan Oakley, at 309-465-3708. Mr. Oakley is also available to speak to community groups regarding the topic.
Mr. Dan Oakley, Superintendent
Avon Community Unit School District #176