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Floyd County

June 17, 2008

New Albany-Floyd County school closure seems likely

Pine View, Silver Street elementaries on list, but advice could change

READ ALL ABOUT IT: Click here to see the options list.

A committee tasked with saving New Albany-Floyd County Consolidated School Corp. money has come up with three options � all of which involve closing a school.

Meeting notes from a May Resources for Results committee meeting show the group discussed four options � the first two involved closing Silver Street Elementary School and the other two involved closing Pine View Elementary School. The group unanimously agreed to eliminate option No. 1.

The group agreed to move the final three ideas into a more detailed review stage and meet again in July for an update.

The committee�s consultant, Phyllis Amick, talked to the NA-FC school board Monday night about the group�s progress.

Amick told the board and the audience that it would be �premature to discuss details� of the work the committee has completed thus far. She said the group has met more than 20 times in the course of two years and discussed an �enormous� amount of information, such as demographic reports, enrollment changes, housing projections in the city and county, classroom utilization, school performance and more.

Amick said some of the group�s findings include keeping small classes, having at least two classes per grade at each school, that split classes are not ideal and bussing is not a good option.

She said the goal is to tweak some final options and have public forums in September to inform residents of everything the members have learned so far and why they think the proposed options work. Amick said at that time, the committee members will ask for the public�s opinion and see if anyone has any ideas they have not considered.

Before Amick�s presentation, many concerned members of the community addressed the board on the issue. Some talked about the committee meetings being �behind closed doors.� One even said he is outraged the public is not invited or allowed to attend.

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