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#1 Buford T Justice

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Posted 21 January 2017 - 10:35 AM

Within the last couple of days I have heard another "rumor" that Melin is putting plans in the works to shut down New Washington High School. From what I have heard (rumored), the plan is to merge the high school with Charlestown, move all elementary classes into the high/middle school and it was unknown what the plans would be for the vacated elementary school building. Allegedly he stated that if enrollment didn't increase at these schools, this would be the plan.

Questions that came to my mind when hearing this:
- Why would the school with some of the best statewide testing scores be closed?
- Can Charlestown High School handle an increase in enrollment?
- With River Ridge expanding at a blistering pace, won't the New Washington district see a population "boom" that would see the need for the stand alone school remain in place?
- How can the locals in that area fight a proposed merger?

Again, these are only rumored happenings and nothing is confirmed. Just curiosity at this point.

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Posted 21 January 2017 - 09:21 PM

Not rumored, fact.  Melin will deny as always and tell everyone that "he doesn't lie".  Do you know what?  If someone continually has to tell people that they don't lie, what does that tell you.  Scores don't matter, it's all about $$$.  He thinks those kids will continue to score well at ANY school, he is wrong and extremely short sighted.  He gives the school and staff zero credit.  He is a fool and yet the board continues to think his  :poo-emoticon: doesn't stink.  I'm hearing that he has every vote on the board supporting closure.  The NW board member must be very proud of herself.  I'm also hearing that the NW community is starting to plan some things.  Good luck to them!!!


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Posted 22 January 2017 - 10:19 AM

I have learned over the years that I cannot trust him. I truly hope the best for that community. Small schools and communities cannot be overlooked. NW seems to have a deep history and produce excellent students and young adults. This appears to be long, tough road ahead.

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Posted 22 January 2017 - 01:29 PM

He also plans to close Maple Elementary and Spring Hill. This is why people need to wake up and realize that the $22 million he is now seeking is NOT just to enclose the open concept schools. Melin refuses to release details of the project costs (imagine that!) and even refused to answer a simple question I asked which was "how many additional classrooms will be built at Northaven"? When I pressed him to be transparent and answer that simple question, he said he was planning to add 6 classrooms. But at this point I am very skeptical about the accuracy of that answer. His lack of transparency makes the community distrust him. The referendum failed with 75% of voters against. Yet that didn't seem to register with him or the board. They now plan to defy the people and issue bonds without their consent. They issued $4.5 million for the radio program and $8 million a few months ago for small (under $2 million) projects. Now he wants another $22 million and he is not happy that he has to seek taxpayers approval via the Petition and Remonstrance process.

Beginning in mid-February people can sign Petitions either for or against this $22 million in bonds. You must sign the BLUE forms to stop the bonds. Yellow forms are in favor of the bonds. Be sure you know what you are being asked to sign.

Edited by IntegrityMatters, 22 January 2017 - 01:30 PM.


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Posted 23 January 2017 - 12:33 PM

Every board member has NOT voted to close New Washington schools, because I have not voted or said I would vote either way. This weekend was the first I heard about closing New Wash high. And yes, Melin said he would make a RECOMMENDATION in 18 months either way. I am working very hard to gather facts and to help with planning to increase enrollment at New Washington and in all of our schools. I do not check this site often, so I would appreciate it if those concerned with this topic could reach out to me via Facebook, twitter, or email. Please contact me that way as well with any concerns you may have in the future.

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Posted 23 January 2017 - 02:53 PM

I am sure that there are many things that need to be corrected at our schools.

That being said, Mr. Melin is the wrong person to be making those assessments.

He has been proven to be self serving and untrustworthy.

By no means has he earned our respect and trust.  It is a shame that we have a school board that will not stand up to him.

Enough is enough.  If he truly has the students, and the public's, best interest at heart he needs to face the facts.

He needs to listen to the taxpayers and do accordingly.  If he is not willing to do that then he needs to step down.

Unless he is able to earn our trust then he is useless to all concerned.

It is time for the school board members to realize this and push him to do one or the other.


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Posted 23 January 2017 - 05:23 PM

Every board member has NOT voted to close New Washington schools, because I have not voted or said I would vote either way. This weekend was the first I heard about closing New Wash high. And yes, Melin said he would make a RECOMMENDATION in 18 months either way. I am working very hard to gather facts and to help with planning to increase enrollment at New Washington and in all of our schools. I do not check this site often, so I would appreciate it if those concerned with this topic could reach out to me via Facebook, twitter, or email. Please contact me that way as well with any concerns you may have in the future.

I truly hope that you and Mr. Clayton will be honest and caring board members .......the other most certainly are not.



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Posted 23 January 2017 - 06:22 PM

I am trying hard to stand up and I am definitly honest. I know I can't make everybody happy, but I will do what is best for kids always. It's hard when you get comments like "It is a shame that we have a school board that will not stand up to him." Freedom of speech does not equal freedom of responsibility. It's easy for people to talk from the outside. In an effort to stand united, the board does look like a Melin-supporting, rubber stamping crew. I assure you that is not the case. Not with this one... ☺️
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Posted 25 January 2017 - 10:43 AM

NOTICE TO: Greater Clark County Schools Residents

Sign the Blue Petition Forms to VOTE “NO” STOP The Proposed Property Tax Increase

Over 75% of voters said NO to the property tax increase referendum in Nov. 2015.

In defiance of that vote, the GCCS school board approved a $68 million capital projects plan to obtain the funds they wanted without taxpayer/voter approval. They have already issued $8 million in bonds and are currently seeking another $22 million. More are coming in the next year or two. Each time they issue bonds your property taxes go up.

The current process (known as the Petition and Remonstrance process) requires your signature on three petition forms to stop their request for $22 million in bonds which will raise your property taxes.

Sign the three BLUE petition forms for NO – STOP PROPERTY TAX INCREASES.

Please note the YELLOW petition forms are for YES – MORE TAXES

 

Go to Facebook page Stop GCCS's Wasteful Spending for more Information.  Petitions will be available beginning February 16th.   Be sure to sign (vote!).   All registered voters and/or property owners within the Greater Clark School district can vote.

 


Edited by IntegrityMatters, 25 January 2017 - 10:49 AM.

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#10 keep it real

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Posted 25 January 2017 - 11:37 AM

Just remember when you are signing the form we have an open classroom concept in three schools which inhibits teachers teaching and students learning plus someone who is not suppose to be in the school can go throughout the school and shoot your child or someone else's child. Todays society is just totally different to when most of you went to school, so just please not only think with your pocket book but with some common sense.



#11 IntegrityMatters

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Posted 25 January 2017 - 01:58 PM

Just remember when you are signing the form we have an open classroom concept in three schools which inhibits teachers teaching and students learning plus someone who is not suppose to be in the school can go throughout the school and shoot your child or someone else's child. Todays society is just totally different to when most of you went to school, so just please not only think with your pocket book but with some common sense.



EVERYONE wants our schools to be safe.   The Indiana Department of Education says the following:

Indiana School Building Physical Security & Safety:

The Indiana Department of Education (IN DOE) considers open concept school buildings as safe schools. There are many open concept public schools in Indiana.

Safety Compliance (Legal Standard # 4) has to be met by all public schools in IN to be accredited.

IN DOE Phone: 317- 232 -6610 Web site: www.doe.in.gov

School Building Physical Security & Safety Specialists are available to answer your questions and concerns.
 
 
The 3 schools in question meet these safety standards.   The administration should not be pushing the politics of fear in order to obtain public money.  It is time for this rhetoric to cease.  An honest conversation is what is needed from this administration.  Not one that threatens catastrophe if wishes are not granted.    (My granddaughter recently completed six years at Northaven.  Not once did she feel unsafe or did I feel she was unsafe.  Not once did she complain about not being able to hear or learn.  She loved the school, her teachers and did well. )   Please don't try to scare people into voting for these millions of dollars.   Transparency is what is needed.


Edited by IntegrityMatters, 25 January 2017 - 01:59 PM.

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#12 keep it real

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Posted 25 January 2017 - 02:23 PM

You keep screaming transparency what do you want transparent. If someone gets into the school with a gun there is going to be a lot of dead children. Like that or not, that's what's going to happen. No one has scared me into thinking this. Common sense tells me there needs to be doors and walls. Teachers and police have stated how unsafe it is so I am not going to think with my wallet or not tell people the truth about the schools. Look I do not have kids in these schools but I care about this community. If a shooting can happen at another school it can happen here.



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Posted 25 January 2017 - 03:14 PM

Keep it Real - have you been in these three schools?    They are not wide open spaces.   Classes are for the most part segmented into classrooms with walls, which have existed that way for years.   The buildings are all locked and the only entry is with buzzer/camera.



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Posted 25 January 2017 - 03:19 PM

Yes I have been in the schools and yes you can go thru the classrooms without any doors have you not been in the schools. I am not here to argue but this is a safety problem. Deny it or not this is a safety issue and teachers are not happy with them nor am I or other parents. For once I'm asking people to please think long and hard about your decision.



#15 IntegrityMatters

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Posted 26 January 2017 - 08:33 AM

Yes I have been in the schools and yes you can go thru the classrooms without any doors have you not been in the schools. I am not here to argue but this is a safety problem. Deny it or not this is a safety issue and teachers are not happy with them nor am I or other parents. For once I'm asking people to please think long and hard about your decision.


If safety is the main issue (and I'm not saying it isn't), why won't the administration release the detailed project costs? Are we just to accept the fact that $9 million for River Valley; $7 million for Charlestown Middle School and $6 million for Northaven are the "right" amounts. A bank wouldn't lend you money without detailed information. Why should the taxpayers be expected to lend Greater Clark money without details? After watching the waste of millions on a radio/tv project and countless other things, I won't just accept "nice round numbers" for any project. I am certainly not against making schools safer than they are right now, but I am against giving money to anyone without knowing exactly how it will be spent.

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Posted 26 January 2017 - 09:57 AM

Integrity, I understand your response and thank you for being civil. I understand that some of you don`t like how the school board has responded in the past but we do elect these members because we don`t have the time to run for the board or do the job, so I myself do not want to micro manage the board. Maybe they can give us a little more information but I don`t expect all the information. Some of the info they have could be I really don`t know but could be so bad that if the info was received with the wrong people than there could be a lawsuit. You know how people are so quick to get something for free and would sue at a drop of a dime. Well that's my two cents whatever its worth. The schools are in terrible shape and they need help.



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Posted 01 February 2017 - 11:47 AM

I'll put this log on the fire for the rumor mill, conspiracy theorists, and the "I told you so's" to respond. 

 

Just trying to stir the pot a little...

 

:emoticon-looney-toons-019: 

 

http://www.courier-j...close/97235810/






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