In a majority vote Monday evening, the Newbury Board of Education approved a territory transfer with the West Geauga Local School District, the next step toward Newbury becoming a part of West Geauga at the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year.

“As a parent and a graduate, I am very proud of our Newbury history. But, it is important to look forward and focus on our children’s and our community’s future,” Board President Maggie Zock said in a statement released Tuesday. “While not an easy decision, I’m confident that this is the right one.”

The board reviewed a variety of considerations including teacher/student ratios, course offerings including AP classes and electives, student achievement, special education programming and ideology, athletics, clubs, the state of facilities, combined finances, potential tax implications, survey results and community input to help inform this decision, the statement said.

Over the next few months, Newbury will work with West Geauga to finalize transition plans to include professional development with staff members and bringing student groups together, when appropriate, according to the statement.

“While we work to ensure that our students seamlessly transition into a new school environment, I will personally work with Newbury teachers that will not follow us to West Geauga to help them find education jobs in other districts,” Newbury Superintendent Jacqueline Hoynes said in the statement.

The next step will include a vote by the West Geauga Board of Education to vote on the proposed territory transfer which is expected to occur by the end of June. Then, the Geauga County Educational Service Center will consider the resolution to propose the transfer of school territory before July, according to the statement.

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