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KEOSAUQUA, Iowa (AP) — Voters have approved the consolidation of two southeast Iowa school districts after years of declining enrollment and changes to state funding.

The Hawk Eye reports that residents in the Harmony and Van Buren school districts voted Tuesday in favor of the districts’ reorganization. About 72 percent of Harmony residents and 94 percent of Van Buren voters approved the measure to consolidate the districts.

The consolidation will allow the districts to share resources and offer more programming. Property taxes are also expected to drop.

The districts will continue operating under separate superintendents and school boards through the 2018-19 school year. A new board will be formed after July 1, 2019.

School building boundaries and bus routes will be decided during the next year.


Information from: The Hawk Eye,