The Rockridge School District is considering combining all three of their elementary schools into just one.
But is that what's best for students?
Tonight residents and administrators will talk about the potential impact and expense of building a brand new school.
"The option of building a centralized elementary school was not only a sound financial idea and would actually save the district a considerable amount of money, but it was also a very good education opportunity for the students in the district," said Dr. Chester Lien, Superintendent of the Rockridge School District.
The proposal is for the elementary schools in Andalusia, Taylor Ridge, and Illinois city to close. In an effort to save the district money.
"We probably need a new grade school a centralized grade school. All the little towns hate to lose their facilities so if we lose ours, we want to develop that property up there," said Village of Andalusia President Curtis Morrow.
The plan is for the land near Rockridge High School to be developed for a new elementary school with updated facilities. The old school in Andalusia could then be developed by the city.
"I'd like to have a senior citizen project there in the back and maybe commercial retail near the highway," said Morrow.
To build the new school, taxes would be raised. The mayor says possibly about $500 a year per household. And some residents don't like that.
"I realize the bussing will be better because all the kids are all in one place but I believe that my taxes are high enough and go to the school already as it is," said Andalusia resident Tess Brown,
Others say it would make it easier for parents.
"I think it's a good idea I think they need to consolidate to get all the kids in one spot," said Andalusia resident Amy Camary.
And, the district says updating one school for the nearly 600 elementary students is more practical.
"The questions is do you want to put the money into the old buildings to update or do you want to take the same amount of money and create a new building," said Lien.
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