Fisher County schools discuss possible consolidation

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Concerned Citizens address the Roby School board regarding consolidation during Monday Night’s meeting.

Trustees in both Roby and Rotan school districts tackled the controversial topic of possible school consolidation Monday night, and while taking no official action, a majority of board members said would like to examine more data, hear from experts, and deeper explore the idea in the months to come.

Roby CISD moved the open forum portion of its meeting to the school auditorium to accommodate the citizen turnout. Although the district has rules in place to limit the duration of public comment to 30 minutes, the board suspended those rules in order to allow everyone the opportunity to speak.

Most of those who addressed boards in both school districts were those who were school employees, former employees, or those who have ties to district personnel, the comments covered a wide spectrum. Some speakers voiced lesser concerns such as school colors or mascot while others focused on finances and facility division.

There were emotionally fueled comments on sports and student discipline and those of a data-driven nature regarding test scores, school debt, and taxes, many concerns were later echoed by board members during regular meeting deliberations.

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