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Florence school board has no interest in G-AC consolidation

FLORENCE, Wis. — The Florence County School Board has declined a request to do a potential consolidation study with Goodman-Armstrong Creek School District.

Goodman’s school board had reached out to all neighboring schools, District Administrator Ben Niehaus told the board. Other school districts also were not interested, he said.

Goodman successfully passed a three-year, $750,000 per year referendum in 2019 and are preparing for another in 2022.

G-AC District Administrator Steve Bloom said while making the push for the last referendum, some residents wondered if the school board had approached other districts about consolidation.

In other business, the board;

— Honored Meg Dallapiazza for her years of working with the district as part of the Food, Fun and Fitness program and many other programs at the school. She is retiring as UW Extension 4-H Youth Development Agent.

— Heard the Achievement Gap Reduction mid-year report from Pat O’Donnell. She said they are monitoring about 22 students struggling in different elementary grades. “This has been a rollercoaster year,” she said. February to spring is when they usually see growth in the AGR.

— Set a community forum for 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 16, to discuss the April 6 school referendum.

— Will vote on continuing the wrestling co-op with the Niagara School District at the first March meeting. The cost would be about $7,000 for each district. Niagara also is expected to vote on co-op at an upcoming meeting. Each school now has about two to three wrestlers, but Florence has a couple middle school students interested in wrestling. Beecher-Dunbar-Pembine and Goodman-Armstrong Creek school districts were part of the co-op in the past but opted out because they had no wrestlers. The application is due April 1.

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