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Tuesday’s Antigo school board forum could have devolved into a case of herding chickens, especially with a fox or two in the henhouse.

It did not.

Over 100 well-meaning and concerned people with varied ideas—along with a few from the perpetually negative side of the aisle—crowded into the media tech room on a blustery evening when it would have been easy to stay home. But instead of the chaos that so often comes with size and opinions, the format divided the large group into smaller, more manageable units for individual presentations, questions and comments.

It was remarkably well-done.

Over the decades, we have gone to thousands of board meetings, read reams of studies, and sat through more forums than we care to consider. Frankly, we were dubious Tuesday’s format would work.

We’re glad we were wrong.

Useful information was gained. And the district now has a solid core of folks who know the ideas and are contributing to the process, free of the filters of outside interest groups prompting specific agendas. Those people, joined by others as the fact-finding and opinion-gathering continues, will prove invaluable.

To those who attended, bravo. To those who didn’t, there is still time to join the discussion at forums on Sept. 15 and 24.

The consolidation discussion is off to a good start, and no chicken-herding was required.
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Tuesday's forum was great start, let's keep conversation flowing
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Tuesday’s Antigo school board forum could have devolved into a case of herding chickens, especially with a fox or two in the henhouse.

It did not.

Over 100 well-meaning and concerned people with varied ideas—along with a few from the perpetually negative side of the aisle—crowded into the media tech room on a blustery evening when it would have been easy to stay home. But instead of the chaos that so often comes with size and opinions, the format divided the large group into smaller, more manageable units for individual presentations, questions and comments.

It was remarkably well-done.

Over the decades, we have gone to thousands of board meetings, read reams of studies, and sat through more forums than we care to consider. Frankly, we were dubious Tuesday’s format would work.

We’re glad we were wrong.

Useful information was gained. And the district now has a solid core of folks who know the ideas and are contributing to the process, free of the filters of outside interest groups prompting specific agendas. Those people, joined by others as the fact-finding and opinion-gathering continues, will prove invaluable.

To those who attended, bravo. To those who didn’t, there is still time to join the discussion at forums on Sept. 15 and 24.

The consolidation discussion is off to a good start, and no chicken-herding was required.
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