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January 18, 2014

Dodds eyes dissolving district

MT. VERNON — A petition to dissolve the Dodds Grade School district and annex into the Ina Grade School district could be filed by the end of this month.

“I’m not sure the board has made a commitment. We’re trying to get public input on what the community would like to see,” said Board President Rodney Martin. “I don’t want to send a message that we’ve already made a decision and we’re just seeking the community’s support. We’re having these meetings hoping the public will engage.”

“We want to make sure the community is aware of what the actual steps we have to go through with the dissolution and also how it will benefit the kids here, and for them to ask questions,” said Dodds School Superintendent Craig Clark.

A community meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24 for community members to voice their opinion about the possible dissolution of the District.

The Dodds Grade School Board of Education will conduct its monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 28 when a decision is likely to be made to consider annexing into the Ina Grade School District.

A similar public meeting in June garnered only 11 community members.

“I think the turnout we’ve had sends us a message,” Clark said. “It would make the decision easier to have some input.”

The first step in the dissolution is to present a petition to the Regional Board of Trustees, a seven-member committee of community members from Jefferson and Hamilton counties. After the petition is filed, the Board has between 50 to 70 days to conduct a public hearing.

Following the public hearing the Board has 10 days to render a decision on the dissolution and annexation petition. There is also a timeline for people who oppose the petition to appeal the decision.

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