BOXHOLM, Iowa—School Boards from Prairie Valley and Southeast Webster Grand have approved entering into contracts for whole grade sharing and activities sharing beginning July 1st. The actions were taken this week, Tuesday when Prairie Valley gave unanimous approval with a 7-0 vote and Wednesday when Southeast Webster Grand approved the arrangements with a 4-3 vote. Each district is expected to keep it’s elementary school but would share a middle school at Burnside and the high school at Gowrie. Activity costs would be split evenly.
Both districts have been discussing the matter for quite some time as a way to deal with each district’s viability. The combination does create a huge school district, nearly 500 square miles which would be the second largest in the state. Transportation is considered an issue by some, but educational opportunities seem of outweigh many of those concerns.