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GCB to look at middle school sharing with West Bend

GCB Principal Val Jergens

With just 11 students in their grades 7-8 middle school, the Gilmore City-Bradgate School Board is exploring the possibility of sending those students to West Bend-Mallard.
The GC-B board met in joint session with the WB-M board on Oct. 15 in West Bend to discuss the possibility for the 2013-2014 school year.
The two school districts are currently in their second year of a three-year sharing agreement in which GC-B students in grades 9-12 attend classes in West Bend and participate in WB-M activities. Bollmeyer says roughly 10-12 high school-age students attend classes in West Bend.
“We’re considering sending our students in grades 7-8 to West Bend because our numbers are getting lower,” GC-B Superintendent Ron Bollmeyer said. “Nothing definite. We’re just starting to look into the possibility and weigh the pros and cons of doing so.”
“Presently we have 11 students in both grades. We’ll discuss it as a whole group again at our next joint meeting,” Bollmeyer said. “The sharing contract we have in place allows for us to expand the sharing to more grades if lower enrollment forces us to make changes. We think we fit into that scenario.”
“We have to consider how the two curriculum cycles match up and what changes might have to take place to make such a move. There will be some upcoming study,” Bollmeyer said.
“I’m going to be sending out letters informing parents of children in grades 4-7 of our plans to explore this possible change and gather input,” Bollmeyer said.
“It’s not a done deal by any means. We have a lot of study to do. The board will discuss the matter at our November meeting and I’ll put the same letter on our web site for people to read,” Bollmeyer said.
“We hope to make a decision in a timely manner to allow for planning for next year,” Bollmeyer said.
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