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School Consolidation Study in Kewanee

The city of Kewanee has just 13,000 people, but two separate school districts. Tuesday, a consultant who's studied the possible consolidation of Kewanee and Wethersfield will present his findings.

The consultant was hired by some local residents called the Committee of Ten, chaired by former mayor Bruce Tossell. He says their goal is to improve the quality of education.
One major problem for other consolidation proposals has been the cost of building new schools, but Tossell says that shouldn't be a problem here - there's plenty of room in the current facilities.

Wouldn't have transportation issues either.

Currently the Kewanee School District has 19-hundred students in K through 12, while Wethersfield has 620. 

If all goes well, he says a consolidation referendum could be on the ballot in the fall of next year (2016).
The meeting begins at 7:30 pm, at Kewanee High School.

A native of Detroit, Herb Trix began his radio career as a country-western disc jockey in Roswell, New Mexico (“KRSY, your superkicker in the Pecos Valley”), in 1978. After a stint at an oldies station in Topeka, Kansas (imagine getting paid to play “Louie Louie” and “Great Balls of Fire”), he wormed his way into news, first in Topeka, and then in Freeport Illinois.