In a proactive attempt to ensure its own future, the Hamburg Community School District (CSD) plans to ask Jeff Berger and the Department of Education to give Farragut and Riverton to the Hamburg School District in the upcoming division of the Farragut School District, and in return the Hamburg School Board would be increased to a seven person board, with a Riverton seat and a Farragut seat reserved.
Wells and the Hamburg School Board hope this will be a mutually agreeable proposal, and the extra students at the Hamburg School District will also help to keep Hamburg District enrollment numbers stable.
Hamburg Community School District (CSD) patrons can rest assured that the Superintendent and the School Board are being proactive in securing a future for the District.
At their Nov. 19 meeting Superintendent Mike Wells requested an okay from the School Board to speak with Jeff Berger at the Department of Education about the upcoming division of the Farragut School District.
Wells said that he would ask Berger and the Department of Education to give Farragut and Riverton to the Hamburg School District in the division, and in return the Hamburg School Board would be increased to a seven person board, with a Riverton seat and a Farragut seat reserved. Wells said that the Hamburg District would also take the Farragut School building and find a use for that.
This would be a way of helping to make sure that Hamburg CSD would retain high enough enrollment numbers to not run into future problems of their own.
Board members discussed Wells’ proposal and agreed that it seemed like a responsible step to take for the District. Board members also pointed out that the overwhelmingly positive vote for consolidation from the Farragut District reflected that those communities would probably be supportive of or not object to such a proposal. The Board approved Wells’ proposal, and he will look into speaking with the Department of Education in the near future.
Staci Hupp of the Iowa Department of Education said that it was her understanding that the division decisions would be made without the input of the surrounding districts, but was unable to say definitively whether any proposals offered might be considered. Hupp was out of her office at the time of the phone call and did not know if any other of the possible receiving school districts had also made proposals. It seems likely that they will in future if they discover such proposals would be considered.
The Hamburg School Board will hold a public forum on Nov. 24 at 6:30 p.m. to talk about how the dissolution of the Farragut School District will affect Hamburg CSD, and answer questions from the public if possible.
See the Hamburg Reporter print edition for further coverage of the Nov. 19 School Board meeting.