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 School Board Considers Boundaries

August 13, 2008 - The Charles A. Beard School Board was scheduled to hold a special meeting last night to deal with several issues.

The board was expected to continue its consideration of a redistricting proposal presented by Superintendent Gary Storie at a special meeting Aug. 5. Under the proposal, the northern boundary for the Knightstown Elementary attendance district would be shifted about a half mile north to County Road 450-South, a move aimed at reducing the second grade class size at Kennard Elementary.

Storie told The Banner last week that Kennard could have as many as 31 or 32 students in its single second grade class this fall if the boundary between the two schools is kept as is. Under the proposal presented to the board at the Aug. 5 meeting, class size at Kennard would be reduced by about six students, with those students being divided between Knightstown Elementary's three second grade classes.

Board discussion of the redistricting issue accounted for about 40 minutes of the Aug. 5 meeting, Storie said last week. The board agreed to table the matter and take it up again at last night's meeting, which was held after the news deadline for this week's issue.

Also on the agenda for last night's meeting were interviews of four candidates vying to fill a vacancy on the board created by Ron Womack's resignation of his Greensboro Township seat last month. School Board President Kevin Knott declined to identify the four applicants when he spoke to The Banner on Monday, but he did say Womack's replacement would be selected at the board's regular monthly meeting on Aug. 19.

Storie also planned to make a presentation to the board at last night's meeting on CAB's 2009 budget. According to agenda notes he provided to The Banner on Tuesday morning, Storie was going to "provide an overview that will give … a snapshot of the district's finances and our plan for the future."

Other items of business that were included on the agenda for last night's meeting were two resignations: Knightstown High School French teacher Lisa Mercer, and fifth grade teacher Caylie Dickens. The board was also expected to correct an error on the contract for Shirley Heck, principal for Kennard and Carthage elementaries, reducing the term of her one-year contract from 215 days to 210.


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