Greater Clark unveils plans for downtown school

Plans for a new Jeffersonville elementary school

JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (WHAS11) -- After deciding to close two schools amid much criticism, a local school district is hoping their new plan will pass the test with taxpayers.

 

The Greater Clark County Schools system has announced plans to build a new downtown school near the Clark County Courthouse.

 

However, some are questioning whether it's worth the potential $15-million price tag.

 

“When I was a little boy there were four downtown schools,” said Jeffersonville Mayor Mike Moore.  “It was pretty disheartening when the school board voted to shut down Maple and Spring Hill, but it’s done.”

 

“The reality is those buildings and the small number of students in those buildings, financially that becomes very problematic,” said Greater Clark Superintendent Andrew Melin.

 

By closing Maple and Spring Hill, Greater Clark Superintendent Andrew Melin hopes he has found a creative solution at the corner Court & Meigs.

 

“We’re able to put all of those students into one brand new state of the art facility that really is in close proximity to both,” said Melin.  “These students are going to be able to enjoy a tremendous learning environment.”

 

“They don’t have to build a new $2-million gymnasium, which any school has to have because I want the city to dedicate the use of the John Schnatter-Nachand Fieldhouse for the kids to utilize as their gymnasium,” said Moore.

 

These conceptual drawings show what the state of the art facility could look like if the $15-million project is approved, but there’s still a ways to go before the district gets the green light to break ground.

 

“I don’t like the fact that we’re losing Maple and Spring Hill,” said Moore.  “Do you give up or look for something better?”

 

“The backup plan is Maple and Spring Hill will still close, and those students will be moved to other elementary schools in Jeffersonville,” said Melin.  “We don’t want that to be the case, but that is the reality if a downtown school doesn’t come to fruition.”

 

The full plan for the downtown school will be unveiled at January 23 board meeting.

 

If the board approves the plan there must still be a number of public hearings before it's put to a vote.

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