CRYSTAL LAKE — The Woden-Crystal Lake School District received a petition this week from 243 patrons to dissolve the district.
The petition comes as the W-CL district is working with the Forest City School District to reorganize into one school for the 2013-14 school year.
W-CL and Forest City have a whole-grade sharing agreement for this school year. The two districts have shared staff and services for about 20 years.
A dissolution means the school district would no longer exist and the district would be divided among the contiguous school districts.
With reorganization, as proposed by the school boards, all of one district joins all of another to become one new district.
Jim Wellik, a former W-CL School Board member and spokesman for the group that organized the dissolution petition, said organizers would like the current School Board to consider the petition and allow district residents to vote on the issue in September.
“We just want voters to have a choice,” Wellik said.
Wellik said the number of petition signatures meets the state required 20 percent of the district’s registered voters.
Signatures were also gathered in the past two weeks to petition the WC-L and Forest City boards to call for a vote to reorganize.
Both school districts gathered the state-required number of signatures needed to petition for a reorganization vote in September, Forest City Superintendent Darwin Lehmann said.
Those petitions were submitted to the Area Education Agency 267 as required by state law.
Wellik said he’s not sure if the petition to dissolve and the petition to reorganize can proceed at the same time.
W-CL Superintendent Dwight Widen said the district must talk with Rick Engel, the attorney shared by both districts on reorganization, before it determines the steps to take with the petition to dissolve.
The petition includes the names of seven people it would like on a committee that would handle the dissolution and the splitting of the district, Wellik said.
“Two years ago when we were going through meetings (on possible sharing partners), what I heard from people was ‘get something done and don’t drag it out,’ ” Wellik said.“Two years later, we are still trying to decide.”
Lehmann and Widen will meet with Engel on Thursday for a planned meeting on reorganization.
Lehmann said only four school districts in the state have dissolved and three of those actions originated with the local board.
Rae Yost is editor of the Forest City Summit, which, like the Globe Gazette, is a Lee Enterprises newspaper.