G-H/S-C boards review whole grade sharing, cost savings

The Galva-Holstein and Schaller-Crestland School Boards continued their review of possible whole grade sharing options and cost saving measures during separate and joint work sessions April 2-3. No action was taken during the work sessions.

During G-H’s work session April 3, shared Superintendent Jon Wiebers presented projections of financial data based on adjusting the whole grade sharing agreement from its current sixth through 12th grade arrangement to a fifth through 12th grade share.

Wiebers said the rough estimate of what it would cost the G-H district to send fifth graders to a middle school in Schaller or Early is $28,000 to $32,000. He said the cost would increase mainly due to educational costs associated with G-H having to send some fifth grade teachers to Schaller or Early. The increased expense is due to the fact that sharing with S-C a year sooner than the current arrangement would increase the ratio of middle school expenses billed back to G-H.

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