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Measure voted down by board

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Forrest Buell
On Thursday, per request of board member Forrest Buell, the Clay Community Schools Board of Trustees discussed dividing the school corporation into two districts.

To begin the discussion, Buell said the issue has been on his mind for a long time.

"We have two different types of schools in our corporation," Buell said. "If we have something going like that, we almost have to separate to get the results we want."

Buell stressed parents in both districts would have a better opportunity to deal with board members.

He also said he believed some students felt "deserted."

"I think it's difficult for this board to sit here and try to put both schools together," Buell said. "I think they should be separated and the boards should relate to their schools.

"I understand this would be a big change. But the problems of both schools don't jive. I think we defeat ourselves by putting both schools together."

Buell then asked for other board member's input.

Rob Miller
Board member Amy Burke Adams said she had researched the topic and learned a school corporation could not split into two districts until Indiana State Superintendent Tony Bennett allowed it or a board requested a resolution with a majority of votes for a split.

Board member Ron Scherb didn't believe there was a benefit in splitting the district.

"I don't see the need," he said. "I don't understand what the benefit would be. I don't see the reason."

"It's going to happen sooner or later," Buell said. "Helping the students is what we're supposed to do."

On the board's Thursday agenda, corporation superintendent Kim Tucker stated she believed dividing the school corporation into two districts would not "provide any improvement in educational opportunities for students in any sector of the district." Because of this, Tucker said she recommended the reorganization of the corporation not be pursued.

Board member Rob Miller, who graduated from Clay City High School, then said he believed the corporation had two different schools.

"But I think that's to our advantage," Miller added. "I don't see the need (to divide into two districts) and more importantly, the support for that. I think we've got a lot to offer."

Board member Tina Heffner then motioned to not divide the corporation into two districts, with Scherb providing the second.

The board voted 5-1 against the measure, with Buell voting for it.

The board meets regularly on the second Thursday of each month. Its next meeting is scheduled for 7:30 p.m., Aug. 9.

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If the measure presented was to "not divide" as stated in the article, then the measure was supported 5-1. If the board voted "against the measure", then that would mean that the board was supporting splitting in two. The concept was voted down, not the actual motion. The motion, as stated above was supported by the board's vote. So the 5-1 vote was in favor of, and not against, the actual motion of "not dividing".

-- Posted by ClayCountyGuy on Mon, Jul 16, 2012, at 7:43 AM

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