Parkview votes keep Footville open, Newark closed next year
ORFORDVILLE--Newark Elementary will close at the end of this school year and its students will be consolidated into Orfordville and Footville elementary schools next year.
After years of debate, the Parkview School Board had enough votes Monday night to take such action after voters elected three new board members April 3.
Monday’s meeting was the first since voters turned down a $5 million construction referendum to consolidate the elementary schools by a 1,623-501 vote. Footville area residents Steve Haberman, Chuck Hagmann and Bill Wingerson also were elected to replace incumbents Ed Bell, Craig Jones and Eric Stelter.
The board voted 5-2, with Troy Knudson and Elizabeth Brockwell voting “No," to rescind the board's Dec. 19 motion to use eight modular classrooms in Orfordville. The board also voted 6-1, with Brockwell voting “No,” to close Newark at the end of this school year.
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