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schools... parents learned more about the "future" of their children's schools there. we've told you about the northeast school corporation and their potential plans of consolidation. after working with a focus group -- they presented their options to the community. news 10's alia blackburn was there at tonight's meeting... she joins us now with more... school board leaders have a lot to think about tonight. parents voiced their concerns about consolidation at the last of three public meetings. some that i talked to say they're hopeful their concerns will "not" fall on deaf ears. for "some" parents of the northeast school corporation... the future -- is concerning. "i'm looking at putting my kids in a different school corporation because of this school corporation." with talks of consolidation on the table... nicole baker is one of several parents -- wanting to know more about what's ahead. "we're losing our schools no matter what because we're constantly losing money, this corporation's losing money, they can't fix it... anything they're trying... it's just not working." "we really wanted to share the obstacles and challenges that we've overcome over the last 10 years, and some of them that are still out there." some of those obstacles still left to conquer are declining enrollment and revenue. superintendent mark baker says they've worked with a focus group made up of educators -- business leaders and parents. that's where they came up with three "possible" options... one would house kindergarten through 6th grade in shelburn -- and 7th through 12th at north central. that idea -- they say -- would cost about 7 million dollars. option two includes k through 4 at shelburn and 5 through 12 at north central. that total comes to about 6 million dollars. and the third option would build "on" to north central and house k through 12. tha idea could come to 15 million dollars. "i don't like any of them." for baker -- she'd rather see a k through 8 building and the high school to itself. her idea is just one of many shared at monday night's meeting. nats "all we're asking for is something that makes sense for not the next 10 years, but the next 20, 40, 60 years..." though the future is not set in stone... some say it's going to take a lot of teamwork to get it there. "this is the hardest thing i know they have to do, it's not easy and i don't want to be them... no i dont want to be them, i just wanted to voice my opinion and my concern." superintendent baker says the board will go back and look at "all" of the options and opinions presented throughout the meetings. he says after they're going to try and put a plan together to move forward. and of course -- we'll continue to keep you updated on that. back to you. the robinson illinois police department