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CRYSTAL LAKE — Area Education Agency 267 will hold a hearing on the reorganization of Woden-Crystal Lake and Forest City into one district at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday at Crystal Lake School.

The hearing will consider support or concerns about the reorganization from citizens of both districts.

If approved by the AEA 267 Board of Directors, a vote date will be set — most likely Sept. 11 — for the reorganization, said Woden-Crystal Lake Superintendent of Schools Dwight Widen.

If approved, the new district would be formed July 1, 2013.

The AEA will still deal with a dissolution petition submitted earlier, which instead of joining the two districts together would dissolve the W-CL district. The district would be divided among adjoining districts. However, the two issues must be handled separately, officials say.

Either outcome requires a majority approval vote from district residents.

School attorney Rich Engel said the two issues cannot be on the same ballot.

The W-CL School Board will most likely appoint the required seven-member dissolution committee at its April 12 meeting, said Widen.

The board has already approved a change in grade alignment of its whole-grade sharing agreement for the coming school year. Grades 2-12 will all attend classes in Forest City, while 3- and 4-year-old preschool, and kindergarten and first grade, will remain in Crystal Lake, said Widen.

Widen ends his duties with the W-CL district on July 1, when he becomes superintendent of schools at CAL School District, in Latimer.

The W-CL board also will consider a sharing agreement that would have Forest City Superintendent of Schools Darwin Lehmann, and elementary principal Steve Putz, share duties between the two districts prior to reorganization. Widen has been filling both jobs.

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