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Storie Meets with Legislator Regarding Home
January 21, 2009 - The pending closure of the Indiana Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Children’s Home was a brief topic of conversation during a meeting that Charles A. Beard Memorial School Corporation Superintendent Gary Storie had with a state senator last week.
Storie told The Banner that Sen. Jean Leising (R-Dist. 42), who met Jan. 13 with him and several other superintendents from her district, brought up the issue of the Home. One week earlier, State Health Commissioner Dr. Judith Monroe had announced her decision to close the Home at the end of the current school year.
“She directed some specific questions to me regarding the closing of Home,” Storie said. “I think they were pretty speculative in nature.” Leising, he said, wanted to know if CAB might be able to accommodate Home students if only the educational services at the Home were cut, with residential care still being provided.
Storie said that any decision about taking in additional students would be a policy decision for the school board to make. However, he said that, as a superintendent, he is “certainly open to absorbing any of that student body that’s fitting for our schools and our programs, provided that we get the ... (state) funding that’s behind them.”
“We’ve got to know the profile of the kids -- their academic needs -- and ... are we positioned to handle it,” Storie continued. “I would hope, as much as possible, that we could accommodate them.” He said it was still too early to make any firm decisions and that more details are needed.
Storie said his discussion with Leising about the Home was a very small part of the meeting, which he said lasted between 90 minutes and two hours. He described the meeting as informal and an effort on Leising’s part to get to know the superintendents in her district and hear their concerns on issues like funding and the proposed consolidation of smaller school corporations.
“It was nice to be sought out by a state senator ... and given an audience,” Storie said.
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