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Clark County

April 3, 2013

Clarksville school board voices frustrations with Popp's New Tech comments

CCSC pushes on with plans, still targets August 2014 opening

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CLARKSVILLE —

“I can guarantee you that there’s nobody sitting up here that’s in favor of a merger with Greater Clark Schools. I don’t know that Greater Clark is interested in merging,” Bemiss said. “What I do know is that for some reason known only to Mr. Popp, he’s interested in merging.”

Bemiss said the district has made a lot of changes in the last four years, but no one on the board is interested in discussing a merger with Greater Clark County Schools. 

“I, like everybody else, I think, was totally blindsided by Mr. Popp’s news conference, whatever,” Bemiss said. “We have an ‘A’ high school, we have financial stability, we have general stability. We bit the bullet three or four years ago to get to this point and it was painful, I can tell you it was painful. But because we did that, we’re in a position right now [that] I wouldn’t trade places with anybody.”

Wilson said in spite of the difficulties thrown at them from the redevelopment board, he thinks a decision will come soon.

“We are working to develop that and get through those [hurdles],” Wilson said. “I think maybe, we’ve made a little bit of headway, I’m not sure. We won’t know until it comes to a vote and it’s got to come to a vote. We can’t get drug out forever. But I want to assure everyone we’re not looking at a merger. We’re here, we’re going to be here, we’re going to have New Tech, and if we can get the town, redevelopment to partner with us, it will provide a facility.”

Alan Bryant, a Clarksville resident, said he was also frustrated by Popp’s remarks and wants the him to butt out of discussions, including a merger.

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