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Corsica, Stickney voters to decide school consolidation plan

The consolidation plan for the school districts of Corsica and Stickney has been approved by the South Dakota Department of Education.

Now the public will go to the polls July 29 to vote on the consolidation. Both districts need a majority of voters to support the plan to take effect. If either community votes against consolidation, the effort will be defeated.

School officials expected the vote to be held in either August or September but said Thursday that an earlier vote will allow a potential new district to get matters in order sooner. A new school board would be elected in November and take over in January, if the proposal passes. The new Corsica-Stickney district would begin operation in July 2015.

The consolidation plan calls for K-6 students to attend school in Stickney, while grades 7-12 would have classes in Corsica. The two communities are separated by 12 miles.