consolidation

Centralizing County Government
4:35 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

More Talk of "One Lee County" in 2014

Lee County Board of Supervisors

The new chairman of the Lee County Board of Supervisors wants to have more discussions about a controversial subject in 2014.

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Chair Pleased With Results
12:33 am
Thu July 5, 2012

Lee County Reorganization Savings

The Lee County Board of Supervisors is touting the benefits of a controversial decision.

There are plenty of residents, especially in Keokuk, who oppose the board’s decision to reorganize four county departments one year ago.

The offices of the Auditor and Treasurer are now located in Fort Madison while the Assessor and Recorder are in Keokuk.

The opposition is primarily linked to the lack of a drivers’ license facility in Keokuk.

The supervisors say the reorganization is paying off for the county.

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May 7th deadline to file election petition
2:14 pm
Fri April 13, 2012

Districts Aim for November Ballot

Avon Supt. Dan Oakley

The Avon and Abingdon school districts hope to put a consolidation measure before voters before the end of the year.

The districts have to file a petition for the election with the regional superintendent of education by May 7th to get the issue on the November ballot.

Avon Superintendent Dan Oakley is confident the paperwork will be done in time. He said the parties will hold quite a few meetings to get the work done by the end of April.

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Goal is next school year
11:25 am
Wed April 4, 2012

Avon and Abingdon School Districts Look at Merger

Avon Supt. Dan Oakley

The Avon School District has been looking for a partner. Last month, voters turned down a three-district consolidation measure the would have combined Avon, Abingdon and Bushnell-Prairie City.

Avon Superintendent Dan Oakley had been in discussions with his counterparts in Abingdon and B-PC on two-district consolidation.

He said the Avon School Board weighed proposals from each of the other districts.

Oakley said the board preferred Abingdon's  proposal because it would house the junior high in Avon.

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Districts looking at two-district scenarios
2:20 pm
Fri March 30, 2012

Consolidation is Still an Option for Districts

Despite the failure of the proposed consolidation of Abingdon, Avon and the Bushnell-Prairie City school districts, consolidation in some form is still on the table.

The “Just Vote No” committee in the B-PC district was the most vocal group opposed to the measure. They opposed including Abingdon because of the length of bus rides for students who would have gone to junior high school there. Many members support a consolidation with Avon.

Voters have not had a chance to decide on that option.

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