What we have here, is failure to communicate

TWO BOARDS, ONE GOAL –– Cornell and Lake Holcombe School board members met in Cornell April 17, to discuss co-op agreements between the districts and try to resolve past issues. The boards agreed there has been a lack of communication, and agreed to set up meetings throughout the year to talk about sharing teachers and programs.	 (Photo by Ginna Young)

It took a couple months, but at long last, the Cornell and Lake Holcombe school boards met April 17, to discuss issues that affect co-op agreements between the two districts. Although there has been some recent upheaval with sports co-ops, the Lake Holcombe board also brought their concerns to Cornell about actions that were observed during Lake Holcombe’s 2016 referendum.

Lake Holcombe board president Corey Grape says the concerns began after he was misquoted in an article as saying Cornell had no interest in consolidation, when in fact Grape was talking about Lake Holcombe’s lack of interest at that time.

In response to the article, Cornell superintendent Paul Schley sent (what Grape called) an “aggressive” letter to the Lake Holcombe administration, saying Schley should write his own article. The next week, Schley’s Focus on Your School column addressed revenue differences between the districts, something Lake Holcombe perceived as negative.

Grape says he would expect a neighboring district to be supportive of a referendum, and that Cornell was “bashing” Lake Holcombe. A letter was sent to each Cornell School Board member, addressing Lake Holcombe’s concern, with no response.

See Thursday, April 20, 2017, issue of the Courier Sentinel for more on this story. Newspapers can be purchased at our Cadott office or Cornell office.

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