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Floyd County

May 30, 2008

NA-FC committee head led another group that closed 3 schools, led to savings

The New Albany-Floyd County Consolidated School Corp. has released the list of names on the Resources for Results committee — the group that is considering closing one or two schools.

A little more than 60 percent of the names are on the corporation’s payroll, either part- or full-time.

Phyllis Amick’s name is on the top of the list. Amick — who is a hired consultant for the corporation — headed another Resources for Results committee in Ohio, where three schools were closed, according to an article from The School Administrator, dated December 2002.

That article said Amick’s work freed up $1.5 million in the first year and more savings were expected in the years to come.

The article quoted Amick as saying: “Everyone understood that tough choices had to be made, but that didn’t make the emotional part (of closing schools) any easier.”

Her committee had 35 members, which met for about a year and a half before giving their recommendations to the school board, according to Richmond Community Schools’ Web site.

The School Administrator quotes Amick as saying: “The board heard eight hours of emotional pleas over three meetings ... People are beginning to see we can go through change and can be better for it.”

NA-FC’s committee of 34 people was started in May 2006 by Superintendent Dennis Brooks.

Committee members here said they remember Amick coming into the meetings early on and becoming the facilitator.

Brooks said the goal of the committee is to come up with a few options of courses of action to better utilize the corporation’s resources and present those to the school board this fall. He said then the public will be asked for input.

Brooks said at the minimum, districting lines for the schools would be reworked. At the most, he said two schools could be closed.

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