Northeast Iowa school districts set merger vote

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Associated Press

Posted on February 4, 2013 at 4:04 PM

SUMNER, Iowa (AP) — Voters in two northeast Iowa school districts will have their say soon on whether to merge.

The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier says (http://bit.ly/XS62hg ) the election is Tuesday for the Sumner and Fredericksburg school districts. If the majority of voters in both districts approve, the merged district would emerge as of July 1 next year.

The districts already share academic programs, buildings, teachers and extracurricular activities. Sumner and Fredericksburg students share a middle school and a high school. The elementary schools are separate. The merger would combine the districts' business sides.

Officials say that during the first year of the merger, taxpayers would save $1 per $1,000 of taxable valuation.

The new district's school board would have representatives from both communities. Voters in both towns would vote on all candidates.

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Information from: Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier, http://www.wcfcourier.com

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