PORTA/AC Central Joint Board of Education Meeting
Thursday July 19, 2012
July 19, 2012
PORTA/AC Joint Board of Education Meeting
PORTA High School Commons
July 19, 2012
Beginning at 7:00 PM on July 19th in the PORTA High School Commons the PORTA and A-C Central Boards of Education will hold a joint board of education meeting to discuss potential reorganization options and answer questions related to reorganization. The public is encouraged and welcomed to attend and participate in the event.
The PORTA District recently collected voter registration data from the Menard County Court house and sent a consolidation survey to each household with a voting member within the PORTA District. The District sent three thousand surveys and received 553 responses. Of the respondents 93% were property owners, 74% were 45 or older and 69% of respondents did not have children in school. When asked if respondents would be in favor of a consolidation with A-C Central School District 78% responded, “YES”. When asked if respondents would support a consolidation if the District were forced to reduce programs 79% responded, “YES”. When asked if “If a vote for consolidation failed, would you be in favor of a tax increase to maintain current programming at PORTA”, 67% of respondents said “NO”. When asked to rate their knowledge about the reasons for consolidation 74% of respondents stated felt they could make an inform decision or knew all the important factors related to consolidation.
A number of respondents wrote about their concerns and so those concerns have been consolidated into 18 general concerns or questions. Additionally, a Board and Administrative perspective is given for each of the eighteen concerns as a means of information and clarification. As always, the PORTA Board of Education is willing to listen and learn from all of our communities.