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Floyd County

July 1, 2008

Pine View parents speak out

Board listens to concerns; superintendent says public meetings will be held in future

Parents, teachers and other supporters of Pine View and Silver Street elementary schools filled almost all of the seats and some were left standing at the New Albany-Floyd County Consolidated School Corp. board meeting Monday night.

Those schools are listed as possibilities for closure in May meeting notes from the Resources for Results committee, which has been working for two years to come up with ways to save the corporation money. The committee’s goal is to come up with options to present to the public for comments this fall, before making a recommendation to the board, which would make any final decision.

Many spoke up to the board, saying why they believe their school should be kept open. Most said they want both schools to be saved.

Jenny Hodge, PTO president at Pine View, was the first to address the board. She told the board she is ready to compile any information on the school that is necessary for the members to make an informed decision come October, when the final committee report is slated to be completed.

“We do love our school,” Hodge said. “We’re sorry we haven’t been here in the past.”

She vowed to continue to come to meetings to stay informed on the subject.

A number of other Pine View supporters also spoke out, talking about the benefits of keeping the school open. Many cited that there’s room for the school to grow, it is in good condition and it would cost a lot to bus children elsewhere.

One of those was Shelly McGaren, who took the microphone with her 10- and 5-year-olds by her side.

“It’s about these kids,” McGaren said as she held up her children’s hands in the air. “The future of New Albany is right here.”

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