Citing great concern regarding the state of the school corporation, board member Forrest Buell met with residents of Clay City Sunday to discuss those issues.
Buell's main goal was to receive more input from residents, something he said is difficult to obtain at regular board meetings.
"I have wanted more public involvement," Buell said, adding he has asked the school board to conduct Cracker Barrel sessions. "I couldn't get that done. They've shut me down. We have very little public input.
"I feel like I've been shut off. I can't accept it anymore. I'm not going to resign. They can't push me out."
Buell and former school board member John Bradshaw met with close to 20 residents Sunday. Armed with statistics, they both said they felt operating costs by the school corporation in regard to each township in the county were "unfair."
As a result, several residents expressed a desire to achieve "more bang for their buck."
Bradshaw told those in attendance at the session Sunday the assessed values per township equaled close to 27 percent being made through residents in the Clay City schools district compared to 73 percent through townships that represented the schools in the northern portion of the county.
Both Bradshaw and Buell stated since Clay Community School Corporation proposed building project is going to cost more than $26 million, residents with children in the townships served in the Clay City schools district will be "overpaying."
And some residents agreed.
The men said the school district had four options, including:
* Going independent,
* Joining another school corporation,
* Staying with CCSC, or
* Joining with a charter school district.
"I have reached the point where I have faith in the Clay City people of operating their school and taking care of their own students," Buell said. "I think our students could be better served. There could be some advantages of separating the two.
"(The building proposal) is just buildings, buildings and build more buildings. That's more upkeep. I think their building program should have educational value."
Buell also expressed concern with kindergarten enrollment at the Clay City district, where two teachers have approximately 30 students each.
"Our students are being hurt," he said. "I do not want pupil morale to be destroyed. Clay City has other options."
The two estimated there were 10 corporations statewide smaller than the current enrollment within the Clay City school district, giving both of them reason to believe the district could survive on its own.
Bradshaw added residents needed to band together and express their desires to school board members.
"I think we have a nucleus," Buell said, "and it can expand."