Thursday, January 7, 2010
The Kansas State Board of Education has been asked to approve the consolidation of the Lucas-Luray and Sylvan Unified schools, beginning this fall.
Both the Sylvan Unified and Russell school board, which oversees the Lucas-Luray schools, approved the plan in December. The education board is scheduled to consider it in February.
Under the agreement, 303 square miles of land from the Lucas and Luray area, as well as schools in both towns, would be transferred to the Sylvan district.
The kindergarten through eighth-grade building in Luray would be closed and the high school would become a school for kindergarten through sixth grade. The K-12 building in Sylvan Grove would then become a seventh through 12th grade school next year.
Superintendents in both districts say declining enrollment and difficult budgeting led to the consolidation request.