A motion that would have taken the option of closing Sorento School off the table failed by one vote Tuesday, Jan. 21, at the Bond County Community District 2 school board meeting.
Facing declining enrollments at elementary schools in both Sorento and Pocahontas, the board has been examining a number of options that would re-draw boundary lines, sending some students who now go to school in Greenville to the two smaller schools. One of those options would close Sorento School.
The motion to remove that option from consideration failed 4-3. Voting to remove the option were Edmar Schreiber, Dan Sidwell and Laura Wall. Voting to keep the option available were Randi Workman, Nate Prater, Aristede Ephron and Brian Zeeb.
Another option was discussed that would allow open enrollment throughout the district; parents could then decide where they wanted to send their children. That option would also allow multi-grade level classes at Sorento School. Believing a decision on that option required more information, a motion to table passed 4-3; Wall, Sidwell, Ephron and Schreiber voted in favor of the motion to table, and Prater, Zeeb and Workman voted against.
In order to provide more information, the board discussed the possibility of either establishing a committee or hiring an outside consultant. Ultimately, the board asked Superintendent Wes Olson to survey parents in the district to find out to which school they would send their children if open enrollment were an option.
Nearly 80 people were at the meeting, many from Sorento who spoke in support of Sorento School during the public comment portion of the meeting.