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Gladbrook-Reinbeck educators excited to keep district open

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REINBECK (KWWL) -

Recent school elections reveal the future for Iowa educators and students this week.

Voters from the Gladbrook-Reinbeck area say they want to keep their district, instead of shutting it down while sending their students to nearby districts.

Nearly 70 percent of voters want to keep the district intact, and Superintendent of Schools, David Hill, said he's excited about the news.

Hill splits duties between Gladbrook-Reinbeck and North Tama in Traer.

It's an efficient move to give taxpayers from both districts a break from paying for additional staff.

When Hill heard that a group, organized by a former G-R school board member, wanted to dissolve the district, he was concerned about the news.

"All parts of the district would have become parts of neighboring school districts, according to the map created by the commission," Hill said.

In 2015, the school board voted to shut the Gladbrook School down, and most students started attending school in Reinbeck.

"So, the folks who were upset by that decision, I certainly understand their feelings, and the fact that they were upset about it," Hill said.

More than 20 of the 'Save G-R Vote No!' signs are posted on the way into Reinbeck, and Superintendent Hill says educators are relieved after voters decided to keep the district intact.

"It's an outstanding school district that does a good job serving the district and serving the community, and we're just very pleased that what G-R does, is going to be able to continue," Hill said.

Hill said Gladbrook students have the choice to attend school in nearby Garwin or Reinbeck, and voting to dissolve the district would have taken those options away.

"The way it stands now, students in Gladbrook have the choice of two great school systems where they can attend, and the Yes vote would have removed one of those great options," Hill said.

We caught up with former School Board member and Iowa State Board of Education member, Michael Bearden, over the phone.

Bearden said, "the voters have spoken," and he has no plans to petition the board again, even though he supported dissolving the district.

According to G-R Educators, enrollment has grown more than 25 students from the last year, and more than 460 students currently attend Gladbrook-Reinbeck.

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