Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL

Local News

November 15, 2012

Area school districts turning more to co-oping

STRASBURG — As Stewardson-Strasburg School District continues to push for co-ops with local schools, other districts are starting to ready themselves for possible cooperative programs.

    “Our looks are still pre-preliminary,” said Neoga District Superintendent Charles Castle. "We’re still digging deeper into books in our district and seeing what we need and could offer. There are some very good opportunities for both of us, particularly in dual-credit opportunities.”

    Although Neoga is still in the early stages of deciding on co-oping, Castle said budget woes may force the district into an academic or athletic co-op, potentially both.

    “We’re all just reeling over all the budget cuts from the state,” he said. “If there’s anything that we can do to guarantee our kids the best education, we’re going to be open to that.”

    New information about the potential co-op, including the results of talks in Windsor School District will be discussed at the Stew-Stras school board meeting, scheduled for 7 tonight in the high school. Stew-Stras Superintendent Steve Harsy said support for an academic co-op has been vastly positive.

    “Academic is the primary focus,” he said. “There’s been 100 percent support to find an academic solution, but the sports side is a much different side of the coin.”

    Harsy said some of the districts that have been curious about a co-op have had concerns about the way athletic costs would be divided, as well as where teams would practice and play, although he still hopes some athletic co-oping could begin as soon as the spring semester.

    Castle said he hopes Neoga will be able to make decisions soon about co-oping and some progress has been made in preparing the district for that choice.

    “We’re getting there,” he said. “We’re studying the district’s financial records and looking at what we could be doing. We’re preparing to move quickly. We’re making every effort.”

    Harsy said ultimately the goal of  co-oping and the necessity of moving quickly is to provide the best opportunities to students from any district.

    “In the near future, we all need to start comparing some notes,” he said. “We need to look at the costs and benefits and how we can maintain or improve the standards for our kids.”

    Jackson Adams can be reached at 217-347-7151, ext. 131, or jackson.adams@effinghamdailynews.com.

Text Only
Local News
  • Man fatally shot in Pana standoff, officer wounded

    Illinois State Police(ISP) and Christian County Sheriff's Office are investigating a shooting that occurred on Tuesday, July 29, in rural Christian County that involved ISP SWAT, a Pana Police officer and an armed offender.

    July 29, 2014

  • City to determine contribution A request by Effingham Park District representatives for a million dollars to help construct the Richard E. Workman Sports and Wellness Center is being considered at a special Effingham City Council meeting this evening.Some commissioners questioned

    July 29, 2014

  • 7-29 Filming PRIMARY Effingham grad returns to make film Travis Long says he learned a lot from directing his first full-length feature several years ago.“Kill Me Now was a learning experience, both in shooting and distribution,” the 1998 Effingham High School graduate said.With a full production crew and

    July 29, 2014 2 Photos

  • McCarter.jpg Some lawmakers donate pay

    Illinois lawmakers restoring their pay after years of furlough days has prompted some state representatives to give back to their communities — a move some local lawmakers call a political one.

    July 27, 2014 3 Photos

  • Distance learning catching on in area

    In what appears to be a growing trend among rural school districts, a third area school district may join an existing academic cooperative.

    July 27, 2014

  • Joshua Robison.jpg Opinion: God doesn't care about party affiliation

    Reflecting on what we politely refer to in this country as “political discourse,” I am often struck by how convinced many people seem to be that their sides' specific policies and personalities are the only way to save us all from utter ruin.

    July 27, 2014 1 Photo

  • Ron W.jpg Opinion: Column break just that -- a break

    ‘Hey, Ron. You didn’t have a column this week. What’s the deal? It’s the reason I buy a paper on Thursdays.”

    July 26, 2014 1 Photo

  • Isom.jpg Opinion: It's about time

    Finally, someone else speaks up and it’s about time.
    I applaud Ron Worman and welcome him to take a seat on my bandwagon. His addressing the proliferation of signs of every description, virtually everywhere one looks, is a welcome additional voice — even though rare.

    July 26, 2014 1 Photo

  • Feds: Effingham County was meeting place for underage sex tryst

    An Ohio man has been indicted by a federal grand jury on charges that he traveled out of state to meet an underage person in Effingham County for sexual activity.

    July 25, 2014

  • Jail inmate attempts suicide

    An unscheduled cell check is credited for saving the life of an Effingham County Jail inmate who tried to hang himself early Thursday morning.

    July 25, 2014

AP Video

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.