“The board is in agreement long term the dissolving of this district is the best thing for the kids,” Martin said. “The intent is to seize the opportunity while it still exists. Funding will eventually either be greatly reduced or non-existent. The intent is to develop a scenario where the kids drive the curriculum instead of funding.”
In April, a referendum was on the ballot that would’ve consolidated the Opdyke-Belle Rive, Ina and Dodds districts, however, it failed in the OBR area. It needed to pass in all three districts. Since that time, officials in the OBR district took action to close the Belle Rive attendance center and send all pupils to the Opdyke attendance center, making it a pre-K through eighth grade attendance center.