Petrolia and Byers ISD Come Close to a Consolidation Agreement

After months of discussion and two proposals,Byers and Petrolia school districts are on their way to reaching an agreement for the school consolidation. And could come at the perfect times, since after Byers ISD has been struggling financially due to low enrollments. Thursday night the Petrolia School Board met to discuss the latest proposal sent by Byers.
First, Byers School Board would like for there to be a co- valedictorian and co- salutatorian, one from each of the current schools for two years. Next, they'd like Byers employees and teachers to be considered for any open position in Petrolia. Byers is asking that the school buildings be turned over to a group called Byers Growth, to potentially be turned in to businesses. They are also asking for trophies and memorabilia to be left in Byers. And lastly, to have a class for kids who did not qualify for pre- k or Headstart. Throughout the whole process Petrolia hopes the two school districts become united.
"Eventually they'll realize that this district when ever they come over here, eventually they'll come in they be the same as we are and we'll be one district," said Petrolia School Board President.
Next Monday, school board members from Byers and Petrolia will sit down with lawyers to draft an agreement, then eventually create the legal contract. And despite the financial struggle, Byers superintendent says at the end of the year they foresee their district ending the year with some money if not breaking even.

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