Norman County West Begins Consolidation Process by Creating Consolidation Committee

Norman County West Begins Consolidation Process by Creating Consolidation Committee

October 21, 2020 News -- KRJB-KRJM-KKCQ 0
The Norman County West School Board discusses consolidation process during their regular board meeting on Tuesday. Photo By Mark Askelson

By Mark Askelson markkrjb@loretel.net (10/20/20)

Hendrum, MN — The Norman County West School Board held their regular monthly meeting on Tuesday night, October 20th.  At the meeting, the board started the preliminary process of considering a full consolidation with the neighboring Ada-Borup School District, who they currently have a High School Tuition Agreement with. The Norman County West School Board approved the creation of three-person committee to enter into those talks with Ada-Borup with the members being appointed by board chair Brad Merkens. Norman County West Superintendent Dr. Jim Hess says consolidation has always been the likely path since first entering into the tuition agreement three years ago.

The Ada-Borup School Board meets Wednesday morning to appoint their own committee. An official resolution declaring intent to consolidate will need to be the Norman County West School Board at the November board meeting. At that point, Dr. Hess says the districts will need to work together to create a fair deal for both parties.

Norman-Mahnomen Public Health Director Sarah Kjono presented to the board on the rising COVID-19 cases in the county. Despite the rising cases, Dr. Hess says the Norman County West School will continue full, in-person education as they have sufficient space for social distancing.

The COVID-19 guidelines have created a great deal of extra required cleaning for the custodial staff at Norman County West. To help with that, the board approved hiring a 2 hour per day custodian that will assist in the extra sanitizing.

A Federal COVID grant will pay for added position.