Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL

Local News

May 1, 2013

Consolidation options being explored with St. Elmo

As school districts look for answers to dwindling state aid, Altamont School District is exploring the possibility of consolidation.

Altamont Superintendent Jeff Fritchtnitch said he is hoping to explore the option for Altamont and St. Elmo.

”I, as a superintendent, and the board at Altamont, don’t believe in letting things happen to us,” he said. “We’re responsive. We talk a lot about the future. If the state continues to not fund education at the required level and schools with a higher poverty rate keep getting lower state funding, at some point, that’s going to have a very, very negative effect.”

Fritchtnitch recently discussed the subject of consolidation with St. Elmo Superintendent Deb Philpot and is planning to meet with members of both school boards after Altamont’s restructuring meeting Monday. Philpot said St. Elmo school board members were open to discussing the possibility of consolidation with Altamont.

”I think they’re just open for discussion,” she said. “Our board didn’t really have a lot of discussion about it. We have, of course, pursued consolidation with Brownstown and didn’t have a successful outcome. We’re not really ruling out any district at this point, and we’re not saying we’re going to consolidate.”

Fritchtnitch said talks with St. Elmo are just exploratory to look at options both districts would have in the case of consolidation.

”We want to have those conversations now, and we want to make sure we can have the same conversations before this could be forced on us,” he said. “We want to make sure it’s very thought out and strategically discussed. Nothing may come of it, and that’s fine too, but if the state wants to dictate what’s going to happen, we want to make sure we have a chance to talk about it first.”

Text Only
Local News
  • tony- app maker 1.jpg Dieterich grad markets word game application

    Dalton Hinterscher is something of a Renaissance man in the making.

    July 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • MIller, Jay C 021314.jpg Miller sentenced to 17 years in heroin death

     An Altamont man was sentenced Thursday to 17 years in prison in connection with the fatal heroin overdose of an Effingham woman earlier this year.

    July 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • No Headline Provided SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Here are the winning numbers selected Wednesday in the Illinois State Lottery:My 3-Midday6-2-4My 3-Evening4-7-5Pick Three-Midday4-8-0Fireball: 3Pick Three-Evening5-6-0Fireball: 4Pick Four-Midday3-5-5-1Fireball: 2Pick Four-Evening6-

    July 31, 2014

  • tony- dieterich app maker pic Dieterich grad markets word game application TONY HUFFMANDaily NewsDalton Hinterscher is something of a Renaissance man in the making.A former standout basketball player at Dieterich High School, Hinterscher followed his intellectual pursuits into college. Entering his second year as a Software

    July 31, 2014 2 Photos

  • Complex support divides council All indications at Tuesday’s special meeting of the Effingham City Council indicates Effingham Park District will not get the $1 million it is asking for to help build the Richard E. Workman Sports and Wellness Center.In fact, Mayor Merv Gillenwater

    July 30, 2014

  • Correction It was incorrectly reported in Saturday’s Effingham Daily News that federal sex crime suspect Nathan Maphis was at large. Maphis is being held in Madison County Jail. The newspaper erred. Bill Grimes can be reached at 217-347-7151, ext. 132, at bill.

    July 30, 2014

  • tony- community garden 2 Learning and growing together The installation of a Effingham Community Garden sign marks the growing success of a common place for Effingham residents to cultivate plants and produce.“We have 23 large plots and two small plots out here this year,” said University of Illinois Mas

    July 30, 2014 2 Photos

  • 7-30 kitchen fire pic Kitchen fire damages home An unattended kitchen stove led to a full-still fire call at 507 Park Hills Drive Tuesday afternoon.A passerby made a 911 call and reported visible smoke from the eaves of the home at 1:16 p.m. Arriving on scene, Effingham firefighters entered the ho

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • 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

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.