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School District Reorganization 

Over the past several decades, Illinois family farms have experienced a revolution of sorts, steadily growing in acreage as they also become more specialized. One result of this trend has been a steady depopulation of many of the state’s small towns and rural areas; which in turn has led to the need to reorganize or consolidate school districts. Few things are more traumatic for otherwise vibrant communities than losing a piece of their identity when a cherished school is closed. Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library volunteer Philip Pogue, himself a career educator, has chronicled that story in an important collection of interviews conducted in 2010 and 2012. For the 2013-14 school year, Illinois has 860 public school districts (374 elementary, 100 high school, and 386 unit). This includes one cooperative high school. In 2013, there were five successful and two unsuccessful reorganizations.