Winneshiek County School Districts To Consolidate In 3 Years

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Decorah, Iowa (AP) – One of Iowa’s smallest school districts will merge with another Winneshiek County district in three years.

North Winneshiek Schools will consolidate with Decorah Schools after the spring of 2019. The district board decided last week that it couldn’t continue financially without merging with a larger partner.

The North Winneshiek district has 126 students in Pre-K through 8th grade. In the early 1970s, the district had more than 600 students, including a high school.

North Winneshiek Schools Superintendent Tim Dugger says the district’s closing is a statewide trend. He says there were more than 360 districts across Iowa when he started in 2004. Today, there are 335 districts.

Decorah school officials say they will try to find jobs for the North Winneshiek teachers when consolidation begins.

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