NCW Special Meeting Tackles High School Proposal from City & Consolidation Topics

NCW Special Meeting Tackles High School Proposal from City & Consolidation Topics

November 3, 2020 News -- KRJB-KRJM-KKCQ 0

By Mark Askelson markkrjb@loretel.net (11/2/20)

Hendrum, MN — The Norman County West School Board held a lengthy special meeting on Monday night to discuss a couple of hot button items, specifically the City of Halstad’s proposal for the old high school and the potential for consolidation with the Ada-Borup School District.

In terms of the City of Halstad’s proposal for the old high school, the Halstad City Council and Norman County West School Board still aren’t seeing eye-to-eye, but are close enough to continue negotiating. The council proposed to take over the former high school for $1 if the district agrees to demolish all but the south wing and give the city the surrounding green space. Norman County West Superintendent Dr. Jim Hess says the board was happy to see a formal proposal from the city, but the board appears to have expected a little more from the city.

Emotions were high as the school board eventually moved on to the next topic on Monday night’s agenda: Discussing issues related to the potential consolidation with the Ada-Borup School District. Dr. Hess gave board members the opportunity to express some concerns that they may have on a variety of topics that will likely be a part of the negotiations, and the board took full advantage. Those topics included the financial tax base, facilities, governance, and transportation. Superintendent Hess believes they were successful on Monday night in identifying their initial concerns.

The Norman County West School Board is scheduled to meet for their regular monthly meeting on November 17th. It’s at that meeting that the board will need to pass a resolution of intent to begin the consolidation process.