May 1, 2008

Wyaconda C-I School District to be Dissolved

The State Board of Education voted April 24th to dissolve the Wyaconda C-1 School District at the end of this year and assign its students to neighboring school districts. The district has about 35 students in grades K-8.

The Wyaconda district has been classified as unaccredited for the past two years, due to lagging academic performance. Because the district failed to regain accreditation within the two years allowed by state law (Section 162.081), the district will “lapse” on June 30. The State Board of Education is required to assign Wyaconda’s students elsewhere.

At the election earlier this month, Wyaconda residents defeated a proposal to annex the district to the adjoining Gorin R-III School District in Scotland County.

The State Board of Education met April 24th in Jefferson City. Under a plan recommended by Commissioner of Education D. Kent King, the board approved the assignment of the territory of Wyaconda that is in Clark County to the Clark County R-I School District, at Kahoka.

Most of Wyaconda’s students live in this part of the school district, and Wyaconda now pays tuition for nine of its resident students to attend high school at Kahoka.

A small section of the Wyaconda district is located in Scotland County, and a few students who live there, will be assigned to the Gorin R-III district, which currently serves about 30 students in grades K-8.

These changes will take effect July 1, leaving Missouri with 523 public school districts.

Wyaconda is the first school district to lapse as a result of academic performance and subsequent loss of accreditation. In the early 1990s, the State Board of Education had to reassign students in three communities after their school districts closed for financial reasons.

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