IMPACTS OF POTENTIAL SCHOOL DISTRICT CONSOLIDATION
Frequently the legislature in Springfield proposes school district consolidation bills. This has been studied multiple times by Winfield School District 34 and neighboring districts Benjamin 25, West Chicago 33, and CHSD 94. Studies have taken place in the 80's, 90's, and the most recent study was completed in 2009. Here is the executive summary and full study that was completed by the outside firm. Each study has resulted with the recommendation not to consolidate.
For the Winfield 34 community, consolidation would mean:
- Increased property taxes (approximately 25%)
- Increased class sizes
- Increased transportation costs
- Loss of local control
This presentation goes more in depth regarding the potential impacts of school consolidation on Winfield 34.