NewsEducation / December 2, 2019

Vote Set On Southern Indiana School District Breakup Plan

State Board of Education members at their November meeting.  - Jeanie Lindsay/IPB News

State Board of Education members at their November meeting.

Jeanie Lindsay/IPB News

SELLERSBURG, Ind. (AP) — Voters in a southern Indiana school district will decide next spring whether to approve a plan for splitting the district in two.

West Clark Community Schools board president Doug Coffman says the district’s reorganization proposal will be on the May 2020 primary ballot. Coffman tells the News and Tribune that he supports the referendum rather than the other option of community members seeking thousands of petition signatures within an 80-day period in support of the plan.

The divorce plan comes after years of acrimony among residents in rural and suburban areas of the Clark County district. Those came to a head in 2017 when voters from townships including the towns of Henryville and Borden voted down a referendum for $95 million in upgrades to the Silver Creek schools in Sellersburg.

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