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Paw Paw school board OKs merger referendum with Indian Creek

PAW PAW – The Paw Paw school board voted Monday night to approve putting a referendum on the November ballot asking voters whether it should close its high school and merge with Indian Creek High School.

District 271 Superintendent Stan Adcock said in an email Tuesday that the school board voted, 4-2, in favor of the referendum to deactivate the high school. He’d said Monday that the districts were about $2,000 apart, in terms of tuition, with Indian Creek wanting $10,000 a student and Paw Paw proposing $8,000.

Board members did not return calls for comment.

District 425 Superintendent Chad Willis has said the districts’ boards have been negotiating for months, trying to strike a number that works for both.

Monday night’s vote sneaks the referendum in before the state’s deadline to put the referendum on the Nov. 6 ballot, when voters will decide whether the fewer than 100 students from Paw Paw should be moved to the high school in Shabbona, where typically more than 200 local students attend.

The merger would first take effect during the 2019-20 school year.

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