What's next for Silver Creek and WCCS?

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CLARK CO., Ind. (WHAS11) -- The makeup of West Clark Community Schools could change and for many, that change is for the better.

 

"This is a whole new game for everyone that is involved right now," said Rick Belcher.

 

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He was in the majority - the 70 percent of voters who turned down a referendum that would have raised property taxes to pay for repairs within the Borden, Henryville and Silver Creek districts. 

 

Thursday night school board member Doug Coffman, who supported the referendum, made a motion for Silver Creek to secede.  It received unanimous board support, but there are unknowns as to what that will mean moving forward.

 

"I am in the process now, my team is in the process now of contacting the powers that be," said Superintendent Chad Schenck.

 

A nine-person panel made up of Clark County residents would make a recommendation.  A petition of signed support by at least 55 percent of West Clark Community parents would be required before the Indiana Board of Education makes the final decision.

 

"This is uncharted territory.  No district has went through this process," Schenck told WHAS11.

 

Also uncertain, what will happen to district boundary lines and whether Silver Creek would be able to financially support itself.  It's a gamble Belcher believes is worth the risk considering the back and forth over funding.

 

"There has been a big rift in the communities and hopefully this will stop that. All the communities can work together to make the same common goal where we can educate the students the best we possibly can," Belcher said.