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CWL boards choose Algona for school sharing

CWL Superintendent Tom Fey (left) and Principal James Rotert (right) said that authorized spending based on enrollment makes it difficult for schools with declining enrollments to continue. CWL has seen a 100-student decline in enrollment in the last 10 years.

School boards from Corwith-Wesley and LuVerne have decided to seek a sharing agreement with Algona.
During a joint meeting of the two boards last week (April 4) and after an hour-long public meeting in the Corwith gym earlier in the night, the two boards voted unanimously to seek a new academic whole grade sharing agreement with Algona beginning with the 2015-16 school year.
The agreement involves grades 7-12 students taking classes in Algona with CWL maintaining an elementary school in LuVerne.
The boards then approved the start of activities sharing with Algona, starting with junior school and some high school activities in the upcoming 2013-14 school year.
Superintendent Tom Fey and principal James Rotert presented information at the public meeting on student and staff feedback from visits to West Hancock and Algona, the two districts considered for sharing. Algona drew 87.5 percent favorable while West Hancock received a 62.5 percent favorability rating. Algona received a 40.28 percent excellent rating and 29.17 percent outstanding. West Hancock received a 26.39 percent excellent rating and a 12.5 percent outstanding rating.
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