“Again, not to say that we are looking to shut down schools,” Melin said. “But we need to be studying what are the pros and cons of that moving forward.”
Daeschner’s administration also examined school closures. His plan outlined the closure of Maple Elementary School in Jeffersonville and transferring its students and some of its staff to Spring Hill Elementary School. After scores of parents, teachers, students and community members came out in opposition of the plan, the board voted unanimously to keep the school open at a meeting in November 2011.
After Tuesday’s meeting, Melin said he’s not sure how the board will take those studies, but the strategic planning committee wanted the board to have a chance to see what it views as important.
“I don’t know where the board will ultimately stand on this,” Melin said. “The strategic plan is developed by a committee that involves a large constituency of our stakeholders. The finance steps identified by the committee were not made by the board, but the members on that committee.
“Once the plan is finalized, the board will review it and have an opportunity to weigh in on any part of our plan.”
The Strategic Planning Committee is made up of more than 90 people, including community members and education professionals.
Melin said some of the other suggestions in the plan include finding ways to attract and retain students in the district.
Travis Haire, assistant superintendent, at the Tuesday night meeting presented safety plans and an overview of what the administration has already done in schools to the board.
He reviewed the intruder drills performed at all of the district’s schools. He said administrators met with local police and fire officials to discuss findings from those drills, but said public safety officers were largely very happy with the results of those exercises.