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Coal City School District receives school site donations and looks at options for at risk preschool

Published: Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017 4:05 p.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017 11:54 p.m. CDT

COAL CITY - Coal City Community Unit School District 1 superintendent Kent Bugg said the district has seen an increase in school site donations recently, which he feels shows a positive upswing in the housing market in the area.

'We recently received a school site donation from the Village of Diamond that I believe shows an upswing in the housing market situation," Bugg said in an interview on Tuesday.

The board approved the donation at the Jan. 4 board meeting and discussed the site donations, which have been once again increasing in the area.

"Even when you drive around the district, you see new houses going up in the newer subdivisions. It's nice to see a sign of economic growth again."

The board also discussed a possible decision of the At-Risk Preschool Education Project Board of Directors to dissolve the current Joint Agreement. The result of this dissolution will be that Minooka 201, District 54, and Coal City 1 will be writing separate grant applications.

Bugg said no decisions have been made but there is a possibility of dissolving the joint group in favor of Coal City, Minooka, and Morris each writng their own grants.

Coal City would oversee not only Coal City but also school districts such as Braceville and Gardner. He said, at this time, the districts are looking at the positive and negative implications involved in the decision.

He stated there would be more discussion between the districts as they move forward.

"There is currently no waiting list and we have recently had 3 students drop due toattendance and or no transportation," Bugg said. "These spots should fill quickly in February when the next round of screenings happens."

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