SHABBONA – The Indian Creek School District 425 Board will discuss the district’s potential absorption of Paw Paw High School during a special meeting Tuesday night.
The board will meet at 7 p.m. at Indian Creek High School, 506 S. Shabbona Road, Shabbona, which could house former Paw Paw High students as soon as the 2019-20 school year, according to District 425 documents.
In order for the merger to happen, the Paw Paw school district would need to pass a referendum during the Nov. 6 general election asking voters’ permission, after which both school boards would need to approve the consolidation.
Indian Creek High has an enrollment of 206 students, down from 296 in 2007, while Paw Paw has 56 students. District 425 projects its high school enrollment after the consolidation would be 270 students in the 2019-20 school year.
According to the documents, a motive for the merger, from District 425’s perspective, is to “ensure we can continue to offer classes due to declining enrollment.” The documents also said science, foreign language, career teach and AP and dual-credit offerings could be expanded.
As of June 30, District 425 had about a $12.5 million balance in its education fund, which pays for most of a school district’s day-to-day operational costs, according to the district’s annual report, whereas the Paw Paw district had about $500,000 in reserves at that time.
For information, call the district office at 815-824-2197.