By TARA HETTINGER
After nearly three years of research, the Resources for Results committee will soon set its public hearing dates to reveal its findings, according to committee member Lee Ann Wiseheart.
The committee — which was started by New Albany-Floyd County Consolidated Schools Corp. Superintendent Dennis Brooks — was given the task to better allocate the schools’ resources. Last summer, notes from the committee were leaked to The Tribune, showing that some of the ideas included closing either Silver Street Elementary or Pine View Elementary.
However, Wiseheart said the public will see that the findings affect everyone, adding that most of the committee’s time was spent looking at redistricting school boundary lines.
“This is an everybody issue,” she said. “This is a corporation issue and what’s best for our kids.”
She said the committee met Tuesday and are scheduled to meet Monday, which is when it will finalize the public hearing dates and times. Wiseheart said the group is thinking about hosting three hearings, one at each of the middle schools in the county. She said the group is planning on having a PowerPoint presentation to show the audience what the committee has discovered during its time and ask those in attendance for their input. Wiseheart said people can come to as many meetings as they like.
Though no final dates have been set, Wiseheart said the group is considering having the meetings in April. She said there is no timeline depicting when the committee will present its recommendations to the superintendent from then.
“We [Resources for Results] don’t have any recommendations yet,” Wiseheart said. “We won’t have them until we hear what the public has to say, because they may have thought of something that we have overlooked.”
The original proposed timeline for the group released last summer showed public meetings happening last September, with the recommendation being sent on to the superintendent the following month. Wiseheart said the delay was caused by looking into more possibilities, such as a kindergarten academy and changing grade configurations.
“We started thinking outside the box,” she said.
Then, two recent meetings were canceled because of weather.
Wiseheart said she’s ready to get this moving forward.
“I’m so excited,” she said. “I’m so eager to hear what the public has to say.”
SO YOU KNOW
• For a list of Resources for Results committee members or to see condensed meeting notes, go to www.nafcs.k12.in.us. Click on Parents and Community and then on Resources for Results.