I don't recall what exactly was said, but after the referendum failed, the board and Melin hinted at going at it on their own. And the state just made it easier for them--they raised the threshold at which residents could file a remonstrance, then tweaked the amount that could be financed by bond issues to make it a lot harder to initiate a remonstrance. Somebody must have promised Steve Stemler a nice campaign donation because he co-sponsored the bill, this a few years after he introduced the bill that requires board members to step down if they net a felony conviction. . .
The board has been hellbound and determined to close Maple and Spring Hill for quite some time now. They keep justifying this through declining enrollment and the age of the buildings. Obviously the parents in those areas aren't on board with this. But since when did the board or Melin care about what the parents think?
Greater Clark would do well to take a good, long look in the mirror, and decide if they like what they see. Something has been said a time or two about the district anticipating enrollment growth as a result of people moving to the area in conjunction with the buildup at River Ridge. The thing is, a lot of those people are going to see that GCCS, frankly, sucks, and either move to New Albany--who, having been on the inside a little bit, I can say does a FAR better job of teaching their kids--or put them in a charter school. GCCS isn't going to see that much enrollment growth, not as long as the board and district administration continues to have their priorities screwed up.
What on Earth is the Marshall Center? What is it going to be used for?
Why are they renovating the Jeff High auditorium? Why didn't they do that in the 2010 expansion?
Why are they REALLY so determined to close Maple and Spring Hill?
Why do we keep putting these people on the School Board?
This could, though, end up being a blessing in disguise. State law requires school districts to allow charter operators to lease or but the building for $1. The board tried to get around that by leasing several empty buildings to the building corporation, but according to the law, leasing or loaning the building to a building corporation isn't enough to counter that provision. When the district closes Maple and Spring Hill, perhaps a group of residents could raise the money to reopen them as charters.
I, too, wish you luck in your legal challenge!
Edited by Stirring the Pot, 06 June 2017 - 02:03 PM.