Local and state education officials have begun discussions about merging the Monticello Independent school district and its 850 students into the Wayne County school system.
The Monticello board voted Dec. 17 to seek state management for the district founded in 1905. That decision means the city school district will "begin the process of merging with Wayne County schools" for the 2013-14 school year, according to the Monticello district's website.
John Dalton, superintendent of the county school system, said Wednesday his understanding is that the plan is to close the Monticello district after this school year.
"I assume that's what we'll work toward," he said.