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Consolidation Question on November Ballot

Committee of Ten

Residents of two school districts in Henry County will decide in November if they should consolidate. Wednesday the state school superintendent approved holding a referendum for the Kewanee and Wethersfield districts.

Angie Zarvell, regional superintendent for Bureau, Henry, and Stark counties, held a hearing last month on a petition from a group called The Committee of Ten. She then forwarded her recommendation to Springfield to hold a referendum.

The Committee of Ten proposes electing a new school board next spring, and opening the new district next summer.

The question on the November ballot will also include a proposed timeline for consolidation and future tax rates. 

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.