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Boundary line committee members named

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FRANK J. SCHULTZ
January 12, 2010
— Seven residents have been appointed to a committee that will consider the possibility of closing a Janesville School District elementary school.

The school board last year asked that the boundary line committee be re-formed to come up with recommendations for a school closing, just in case the local economy and declining enrollments make that necessary.


The committee members are Marnie Boylen, Dave DiStefano, Sheryl Green, Sandy Hoeser, Sue Kumlien, Robert Riley and Mary Spielmann.


Twelve people applied for the seven openings. Members were chosen after responding in writing to questions and being interviewed, according to a memo from Superintendent Karen Schulte and school board President DuWayne Severson.


The school board will hear an update on the committee when it meets at 6 p.m. today at the Educational Services Center, 527 S. Franklin St.


Other committee members were determined earlier. They will include school board member Greg Ardrey, who will be chairman; someone from the city planning office; and three school principals.


Schulte, district CFO Keith Pennington and Director of Human and Administrative Resources Steve Sperry are expected to attend meetings and supply information but won’t be voting members of the committee.


If a school were closed, the district would have to redraw the school attendance boundaries.


The committee is expected to consider enrollment data and projections before making recommendations to the school board. The board would make any decision about closing a school.


The soonest a school might be closed is fall 2011, officials have said.



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