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Ladd extends offer to Cherry Grade School

Published: Friday, Dec. 13, 2013 2:44 p.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, Dec. 13, 2013 2:48 p.m. CDT

LADD — Shortly following the news of Cherry School Board finding an alternative way to close the grade school and send students to Dimmick Consolidated School District, the Ladd Community Consolidated School Board has extended an offer to Cherry.

In a letter released this week, addressed to the Cherry Grade School Board, the Ladd School Board extends an offer to Cherry Board to enter into an intergovernmental agreement to educate any or all Cherry students who wish to attend Ladd.

“The offer would include a tuition rate that would be supportive of the deactivation plan,” the letter reads.

The letter was signed by Ladd School Board President Mark Mosbach.

Ladd School Superintendent Michelle Zeko said on Thursday the offer is a way for Ladd to make sure Cherry knew the school district would be willing to help if need be.

“If there are Cherry students that want to come to Ladd that would be willing, we welcome those students to Ladd,” she said. “I think it’s always good to have an open communication with the school district. We’ve worked with Cherry for many years, and if this is something we can help with, we are happy to do that.”

In November, the Cherry School Board approved a two-year intergovernmental agreement with Dimmick Consolidated School District and to pay a flat tuition fee of $290,000 to send students to Dimmick during the 2014-15 and 2015-16 school years.

The Cherry School Board also approved a referendum, which will place a question on the March 18 ballot. The referendum will ask Cherry voters whether or not to deactivate the school for the next two years.

If the referendum fails, the district will be forced to dissolve, most likely into the Ladd school district. If the referendum succeeds, the Cherry district office and buildings will stay open for another two years, with a superintendent, bookkeeper, treasurer and janitor will remain on staff to maintain daily duties.

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