Decatur City Schools are laying the ground work for a brighter future, but leaving out a hot issue in the River City.
The school board outlined its 5 year strategic plan Tuesday afternoon without any mention of the previously proposed merger of Austin and Decatur High Schools.
Decatur Superintendent Ed Nichols says they are not talking about the issue because no decision has been made and it will not be the focus of the five year plan.
Students are split over the issue.
Pasha Page, a student at Austin High School says, "I'm sure the school would be a lot nicer if we did combine. I think it would be a good idea just to have the best education.
Jeremiah Davis is also a student at Austin. He says, "I think it's a great idea just for a bigger school, a bigger community. It will bring us all together."
The superintendent would not confirm whether a decision on the merger would be part of his district goals that will be nailed down.