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Floyd County

May 22, 2008

Committee considers New Albany-Floyd County school closures

Resources for Results to give recommendations to NA-FC board in the fall

NO ACCESS BEYOND THIS POINT

• The Evening News and Tribune attempted to go to the latest Resources for Results meeting Monday. However, New Albany-Floyd County Consolidated School Corp. Superintendent Dennis Brooks escorted a reporter out, saying the meeting was not open to the public. He said since the committee was created by him, the open-meetings law, which requires them to be open to the public, does not apply. When a reporter was escorted from the meeting, Brooks said that the minutes were public and available in his office. As of press time, the minutes had not been provided to the paper. Dave Rarick, director of communications for the corporation, said the minutes may soon become public. If so, they will be on the corporation’s Web site, which is www.nafcs.k12.in.us. An inquiry has been made by The Tribune to the Hoosier State Press Legal Association about access to future meetings.



Secretive. Covert. Sneaky.

Those three words have reverberated within many parents and residents living near Silver Street Elementary School — one of the schools being considered by a committee for closure.

That committee, Resources for Results, was started in May 2006 by Superintendent of New Albany-Floyd County Consolidated School Corp. Dennis Brooks. He said he asked school employees, current and retired, school board members, parents and other community members to dedicate their time for about two years to look into ways to better use the resources the school system has.

The goal is for that group of about 30 people to come up with a few options of courses of action to present to the school board this fall. Brooks said the public will then be asked for input.

“It would be unlikely that we would do nothing,” Brooks said. “We started this process for a reason.”

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