Clay Central-Everly School Officials Hold Community Meeting To Discuss Possible Options For The District

Mon 2-11-2019

(Everly)-- A northwest Iowa school district continues to weigh its options. The Clay Central-Everly School District has been faced with declining enrollment and a decrease in per pupil funding along with an ongoing decline in its unspent balance.

At a community meeting Friday evening, C-C-E School Board President Allison Goyette told the crowd it's important they start looking into options now. Those include an operational sharing agreement; moving the district from two buildings into one; and whole grade sharing with an adjoining district.

Superintendent Dennis McClain added Clay Central-Everly has consulted with Jeff Herzberg, Chief Administrator of the Prairie Lakes Area Education Agency who questioned the feasibility of moving into one building. McClain said Herzberg feels an arrangement with Spencer perhaps would be a viable long-term option.

After reviewing various financial projections at Friday night's two-hour meeting, community members were encouraged to fill out a survey by March 1st.

McClain said rumors of the state shutting down the Clay Central-Everly schools in the near future aren't true, but he added the district does have some serious decisions to make.