District looks at working with others

By Anna Carrera

Published 04/02 2014 06:17PM

Updated 04/04 2014 01:21PM

MONTICELLO -- School districts across the area are feeling the pinch from state funding. So one superintendent is reaching out to others to help fill the gap.

Monticello's superintendent, Vic Zimmerman, says he's preparing for the future in Piatt County. He says it just makes sense to work together. Zimmerman says over the last few years, the state has challenged them to be more efficient. So he looked around to see how they could do that.

Among other things, some of the district's buildings are more than 100 years old. Zimmerman decided to reach out to other schools in the county to see if they may want to share resources or classes sometime in the future. From a numbers perspective, he says it could work.

"If we all joined up as one school district, we'd have fewer students than Mahomet-Seymour has in their one district," said Zimmerman. "So just based on that, it makes some sense to take a look at the idea of working together."

Monticello is the largest district in Piatt County with about 1,600 students. That's another reason why Zimmerman says he felt he should reach out, especially since many schools across the state are consolidating already.

Zimmerman says he sent letters to other superintendents and school boards. He hasn't heard back yet. He says he's not sure when all this would happen, but he just wants to take the first step so it they could make plans for the future.

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