Local school system to possibly close some schools due to budget cuts

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by Mike Whitlow

WHAS11.com

Posted on March 4, 2010 at 1:46 PM

Updated Thursday, Mar 4 at 7:00 PM

(WHAS11)-Several schools in southern Indiana could be shut down because of budget problems, leaving many parents concerned.

The superintendent of New Albany Floyd County schools will recommend closing. Children's Academy of New Albany, Silver Street Elementary, Pine View Elementary and Galena Elementary.

They also want fifth grade students and teachers to move to middle schools.

The proposed plan will not lay off teachers and school workers or ask the public for higher taxes in a referendum.

It's all an effort for the corporation to cut nearly seven million dollars from their budget.

"Closing any schools would be detrimental. I would be sad to see my neighborhood school close. It's a historical place almost 100 years old. It's educated many people, many prominent people,” says Kathy Ayres former chair/Save Silver Street Elementary School

There's a public hearing at 7:00 Monday night at New Albany High School. Then the board will vote at that school 7:00 next Thursday.

 

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