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Legislation to annex Cherry School with Dimmick not happening this fall

Posted by wlpo on November 5, 2013

More than a fourth of the way through the school year, and Cherry Grade School’s plan to send their students to Dimmick School next year is uncertain.  Cherry School officials were hoping legislation would be passed this fall allowing the Cherry school district to annex into the Dimmick school district but that’s not going to happen.

State Representative Frank Mautino says he won’t bring the proposal to the Senate and House Committees on Education because the Cherry and Ladd School districts weren’t able to reach an agreement.

Ladd School District was Cherry’s other option but most of the parents in Cherry preferred Dimmick.  Many people in Ladd believe Cherry students should go to Ladd School.

Mautino also says the law as is reads now won’t allow Cherry to annex to Dimmick because they are in different Regional Offices of Education.  He also doesn’t think the Regional Board of Trustees would approve.

Cherry School Superintendent James Boyle says the district has four options to consider when the school board meets on November 20.  He would still like to see the students attend Dimmick School and is encouraging everyone in the district to be at the meeting.

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