Ailing Iowa school district eyes consolidation


March 29th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – A June consolidation vote has been scheduled for a school district in western Iowa that hasn’t operated in the black since 2006-07.  The Des Moines Register reports that the Exira district has received nearly $600,000 in extra state aid since the 2007-08 school year. The district in Audubon County has about 220 students.

The neighboring Elk Horn-Kimballton district also will vote in June on consolidating more operations with Exira. The districts share grade instruction. Exira sends students in first through third grades and ninth through 12th grades to Elk Horn-Kimballton schools. Elk Horn-Kimballton buses students in fourth through eighth grades to Exira.

Exira’s district accreditation is in jeopardy. A state review last year cited 40 instances of noncompliance with state standards.