Ada-Borup & NCW Consolidation Committees Come to an Agreement
By Mark Askelson firstname.lastname@example.org (12/21/20)
Ada, MN — The Ada-Borup and Norman County West Consolidation Committees appear to have come to an agreement that can go to their respective boards for the final approval. The committees have met three times over the past couple months to negotiate a deal to join the two districts together. The main items that need to be negotiated included staffing, district name, facilities, and district debt.
The most contentious of those was debt and facility discussions. As far as debt goes, the Norman County West School District has no building debt, but does have an operating levy spread over their tax base. Ada-Borup does not have an operating levy, but does have building debt from their 2014 and 2019 building bonds. Both committees lobbied hard for their districts, but in the end some compromises had to be made on both sides, according to Ada-Borup Superintendent Aaron Cook.
The newly formed school district would be under the name Ada-Borup/West and the school board would have 9 members. In the beginning the board would be made up of six members from Ada-Borup and three from Norman County West. Once the current board terms are up, all positions would be at-large seats.
In regards to the facilities, Superintendent Cook says under the agreed upon plan all students would receive their education in Ada.
Cook also adds that all current Norman County West staff and teachers will be given an opportunity in the newly formed district as well.
The agreement will still need to be approved by the Ada-Borup and Norman County West boards, which is expected to take place in early or mid-January.
Listen to the full interview with Superintendent Aaron Cook below: