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East Alton & Wood-River Schools Consolidation Question (April 2011)

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A East Alton & Wood-River Schools Consolidation Question was on the April 5, 2011 ballot in the three school district areas which are in Madison County.

This measure was defeated

  • YES 1,142
  • NO 1,154 Defeatedd[1]

The East Alton Elementary, East Alton-Wood River High and Wood River-Hartford Elementary school district asked residents in their areas if they wanted to allow the three districts to consolidate into one new district. School officials cited decreased costs, better transitioning for students and lower taxes as the main reasons behind the idea to consolidate the three districts. The three districts had tried previously to consolidate ten years ago, but were hoping better informed voters would have helped pass the measure this time.[2]

Text of measure

The question on the ballot:

This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.

Shall East Alton-Wood River High School District 14, East Alton School District 13, and Wood River-Hartford School District 15, Madison County, Illinois, be dissolved and a new school district be established as follows: a new community unit school district formed from all of the territory included within East Alton-Wood River High School District 14, East Alton School District 13, and Wood River-Hartford School District 15, Madison County, Illinois, with the authority to levy taxes for various purposes as follows: Education Fund Purposes $2.15, Operation and Building Maintenance Fund Purposes $0.57, Transportation Fund Purposes $0.20, Health Life and Safety Fund Purposes $0.09, Working Cash Fund Purposes $0.05, and, Lease Fund Purposes $0.07, each upon all of the taxable property of the school district at the value thereof, as equalized or assessed by the Department of Revenue, and a new community unit school district be formed from all of the territory included within East Alton-Wood River High School District 14, East Alton School District 13, and Wood River-Hartford School District 15, Madison.[3]

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