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Floyd County

August 26, 2008

More support for Silver Street Elementary School

Two members of the New Albany City Council plus eight other community members addressed the New Albany-Floyd County Consolidated School Corp. board at Monday night’s meeting, urging the group to keep open Silver Street Elementary School — which was recognized again as reaching “exemplary” status.

More chairs had to be brought in to accommodate the more than 80 people who showed for the meeting.

Before announcing that Silver Street, along with Greenville Elementary and Highland Hills Middle schools, reached that achievement, audience members were given the chance to talk to the board.

Pat McLaughlin — who represents District 4 on the council — told the board the importance of keeping the school open. He said closing it would have a negative effect on area home values and the same success achieved at Silver Street is not guaranteed elsewhere. He also pointed out the walkability of the area saves money in transportation, its historic value and asking what would become of the building if closed.

Diane McCartin-Benedetti — who represents District 5 on the council — told the board members she knows that they have a hard job ahead of them. However, she said she is available to help in any way that she can.

“I know you are between a rock and a hard place,” she said. “But Silver Street is really a wonderful school.”

Silver Street parent Jennifer Grose said the school is so much more than a building.

“Silver Street is not just another school. It is a home for our staff and our children,” she said.

Grose said that she was alarmed to find out the other schools that would be options if Silver Street were to close are schools that are on academic probation, per Public Law 221.

“Don’t try to fix what’s not broken,” she said. “We’re fine. We’re exemplary.”

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