A plan to dissolve the Gladbrook-Reinbeck School District is a dead issue for now following recent action taken by the local Board of Education.

In a meeting last week, the seven-member Gladbrook-Reinbeck school board voted unanimously to void a petition that would have forced a public vote on the matter. In rejecting the petition, the board determined the document had some signatures that were dated before the petition was written.

On a 7-0 vote, the board ruled the petition invalid. The action means there will be no public vote to potentially dissolve the district.

The petition drive started about a year ago following a divisive budget-cutting process that resulted in the closure of the elementary school in Gladbrook.

Had the district -- formed in 1998 -- been dissolved, Gladbrook-Reinbeck students would have been absorbed by several surrounding districts.

Supporters could push for dissolution of the Gladbrook-Reinbeck School District again, but they have to restart the entire process from the beginning.

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