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By Joe Block 

Arena featured in national story


June 21, 2018

The New York Times featured an article on the closing of Arena’s only school on June 13th. The River Valley School District, facing declining enrollment, voted to close Arena Community Elementary in December 2016, as well as a neighboring school in Lone Rock.

In November of 2016 the District held a referendum, requesting $9.3 million in taxes to keep the schools open. It failed by 207 votes.

The article highlights the difficulties facing small Midwestern school districts. Districts like River Valley are faced with the prospect of closing small local elementary schools in favor of consolid...

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