Speech to Text for Hutsonville - Palestine not consolidating
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together. good evening and thanks for joining us for news 10 on my fox 10.. i'm rondrell moore in for patrece dayton. voters in hutsonville and palestine communities took their opinions to the polls ... last night's results showed voters were against consoldiation. news 10's alia blackburn has been following this story for you... she joins us live from the newsroom on how both communites are taking the news. the consolidation of hutsonville and palestine schools brought out many opinions -- as well as emotions. but one thing both communities agreed on -- is they're just happy this process is over. pioneer pride runs a little bit stronger now in palestine... "i want to thank everybody that went out and voted... it was greatly appreciated." maria bantican garrad is breathing a sigh of relief... that's because tuesday -- the future of her children's school district came down to a vote. "i felt that the consolidation would eventually take out our town." after numerous meetings and town halls... palestine and hutsonville communities were met with a decision to consolidate. it all boiled down to the polls -- where the measure failed in crawford county. "it was never about money, financially we're ok, it was about opportunities... so from my point, my opportunities now are just going to come in a different manner." for hutsonville superintendent julie kraemer... there are no regrets in tiger territory. she says it's deja vu because they've been here before in 2002... but this time -- the focus is on cleaning up an emotional mess. "the personal attacks on the individuals involved, the committee itself, the school district, the building, the students, the teachers and faculty and staff ... those are things that concern me now because that's what's different." "there are great kids from hutsonville, there are great parents from hutsonville, just like there are in palestine ... and so i guess what i was really disappointed about is the level of divisiveness." the feeling is mutual with palestine school board president -- corrie biggs. like hutsonville -- they too are going to regroup and look at other opportunities... "we have time to keep that community engagement going, i think we need to talk to the community in terms of what their thoughts are on where we should go from here." after a heated few months... both communities can catch their breath... and some -- are taking home a valuable lesson. "stay humble and keep opinions tastefully." a local fire investigator is getting credit for saving a