Big time questions remain over the merger between East Central and Preston school districts, and the clock is ticking.
Everything from which buildings will stay open to possible job cuts for teachers.
Back in September, residents narrowly voted to merge the two districts for financial reasons. Another major unanswered question is whether or not the district will continue shipping some students to Northeast.
Northeast school district is suing Easton Valley for refusing to continue its whole-grade sharing agreement. But school leaders at Easton Valley say it doesn't make sense for their new district to continue sending students to a nearby district.
"We transport them there and we give northeast 90% of the state funds for each student," says Neil Gray, East Central Superintendent.
District leaders say it made perfect sense for East Central to send their 7th through 12th graders to Northeast. They closed their own middle and high school in 2011.
But now, after the recent merger of East Central and Preston School District, Easton Valley leaders say there's a new home for all the students and no need for the old deal.
However, not all parents are on board.
"There are questions people are wondering about and needing to know," says Richard Keeney, Easton Valley school board member.
"If you split the community, that's about what you're going to get – 50% in favor of continue the whole grade sharing and like the benefits and 50% that want to move on to Easton Valley and have open enrollment," Gray adds.
Northeast leaders say whatever happens in court, they'll be ready when school starts next year.
"We're moving forward with whatever that means," says Jim Cox, Northeast Superintendent. "We have substantial number of open enrollment form the new district and we'll see what happens in august."
The board must set a new budget by April 15th and have everything up and running for next school year.
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