The “Just Vote No” committee formed earlier this year in the Bushnell-Prairie City School District. It was composed of parents opposed to a three-district school consolidation measure on the March ballot that included the district. The measure went down to defeat in two of the three districts.
Committee members said the campaign had a positive impact because it focused more attention on the needs in the B-PC district, particularly in the area of the curriculum.
B-PC Superintendent David Messersmith says the members are becoming more involved with the school district.
Bushnell-Prairie City School Superintendent David Messersmith will retire a year earlier than he wanted.
Other educators around the region are facing similar decisions.
He reconsidered his plans once Governor Pat Quinn proposed a number of changes to state pensions plans including reducing benefits for retirees. Messersmith hopes to “lock-in” his benefits under the current pension rules. He thinks the state will suffer a “brain drain” as other educators come to the same conclusion.