Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Rockwell City-Lytton and Southern Calhoun Community School Districts will combine July 1, 2014 to become the South Central Calhoun School District.

A total of 746 voters cast their votes during the election. In the Rockwell City-Lytton School District, 253 voted yes and 67 voted no. The Southern Calhoun School District had 340 yes votes and 86 dissenting. The proposal required majority approval in each district.

The two school boards have been working together for years to make the consolidation happen.

This year the districts moved into whole-grade sharing kindergarten through the 12th grade, which meant they shared classrooms, teachers sand extracurricular activities including high school sports.

The districts have also been sharing one superintendent.

The consolidation will effect the two school boards.

There will be a vote to reduce the two five-member boards to one seven-member board.

Jeff Kruse, who's currently serving as superintendent for both districts, has said that consolidation would gain the districts approximately $750,000 from state incentive funding over a three-year period.

Consolidation would also reduce taxes by $1 per $1,000 valuation the first year following reorganization, 67 cents in year two and 33 cents in year three.

The uniform property tax levy in the State of Iowa is set at $5.40 for each school district.

The goal of the consolidation is to make the district more efficient.

The districts have already gone from having about 100 teachers to about 85.

Both of the districts have undergone consolidation within the last 20 years.

Rockwell City and Lytton consolidated to become a district as did Lake City and Lohrville.

The mascot for South Central Calhoun will be the Titans.

Kruse, released a statement Wednesday about the reorganization vote. "I want to personally thank the board for their vision, the Vision Committee for their communication, the community for their support, and the staff members for their belief in hard work," he wrote. "Overwhelmingly the reorganization vote passed with nearly 80 percent support in each district. The message received from the community is loud and clear: It is with hope and trust, together we can and will become a better system than each district could separately."

"The creation of SCC will require much work, but I believe with all my heart, we have the right people who can make a great organization!" Kruse also wrote in his statement.