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Floyd County

June 6, 2008

Silver Street Elementary group gains momentum

Committee joining with neighborhood associations

Just weeks ago, it started out as a group of concerned residents trying to make sure Silver Street Elementary School stays open.

Now, the push has expanded to various neighborhood associations.

Thursday night, the Friends of Silver Street Elementary committee talked to the Silver Grove Neighborhood Association about their concerns.

“We’ve been working hard to rally support and get our word out there,” Kathy Ayres, who organized Friends of Silver Street, told the room of about 20 people in Advent Christian Church’s basement. “We need all the support we can get.”

That’s because recently leaked documents from inside Resources for Results committee meetings show the group is considering the school and others for closure. That committee, which was started by New Albany-Floyd County Consolidated Schools Corp.

Superintendent Dennis Brooks, was started two years ago to look at what can be done to better utilize the corporation’s resources.

Brooks said the group is expected to come up with some detailed options to present to the community in September for input. The group is expected to give its final recommendations to the school board in October.

Ayres is scared none of those recommendations will include the one thing she wants: to keep Silver Street open.

Those at the meeting said they will help Ayres fight for the school.

“We’ve been up this road twice now and I think they (school administrators) have the feeling that the third time’s a charm,” said Jay Papp, president of the neighborhood association. “Well, we’re not going to sit back and let them do this.”

Seventy-year-old Betty Saulmon plans on making calls to gain support, delivering yard signs and helping with the petition. The school means a lot to Saulmon, who has had many relatives complete their elementary education there and a few that attend now

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