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Van Buren County to merge school districts

The Van Buren County Community School District and Harmony Community School District are planning to merge./KTVO.{ }

The Van Buren Community School District and the Harmony Community School District are planning to merge together.

The decision came about after both districts saw a dwindling of resources and a decline in student enrollment.

As part of the reorganization process, the Great Prairie Area Education Agency is hosting a public hearing for local residents to air their questions and concerns.

All who wish to participate must fill out a petition and affidavit form. There are two types of petitions: one concerning the boundaries and the other about the merging of the two districts.

Van Buren Schools Superintendent Pam Ewell says she is optimistic about the public hearing.

“Where our journey has taken us, we’re at a good place and our kids are all doing well. We’re doing what’s in the best interest for all kids in the county and we’re hearing good things,” Ewell said.

Ewell says many residents have had positive things to say about the merger.

The public hearing will take place Nov. 8 at Van Buren Jr./Sr. High.

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