Voters in both the Alta and Aurelia school district Tuesday overwhelmingly approved reorganization for the two districts.
In Alta, it was approved by 257 voters, with only eight voting no. In Aurelia, the vote was 178 yes and 55 no.
The two schools first began athletic sharing in 2010… with whole-grade academic sharing beginning in 2011. Currently, there are pre-kindergarten through fourth grade classes in both towns… with fifth through eighth grade in Aurelia… and the high school in Alta. Superintendent Lynn Evans says that will continue with reorganization, which will begin with the 2018-2019 school year.
Under the reorganization plan, property tax rates are reduced the first year by one-dollar and return to normal incrementally over a three year period of time. The current Alta School District has a Debt Service Levy, which will continue to be paid by residents of the current Alta School District until it is paid off completely in 2021. Current Aurelia School District residents will not have their tax rates affected by the levy, even after the reorganization.
Once the terms of current board members begin to expire, all board seats of the newly organized district will be filled “at-large.”