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Canaan Elementary parents hopeful board won't vote to close school

By Marisela Burgos - bio | email

CANAAN, IN (WAVE) - A group of parents may be prepared to take legal action against a Southern Indiana school system if its board votes to shut down an elementary school.

The Madison Consolidated School Board was scheduled to vote March 17 on a proposal that includes closing Canaan Elementary school.

"They say they care about the kids' education, and I think they need to prove that to me," said PTO President Jamie Tipton. "Because right now I'm not for sure if they do care."

Gov. Mitch Daniels asked all school districts in the Hoosier state to find ways to cut their budgets to close a $6.6 million shortfall, and Superintendent Dr. Tom Patterson says its school system has to cut at least $900,000 from the budget.

Parents say closing Canaan Elementary isn't the way to go about it.

"We live in this community because we want to be in a rural area and we should be slighted because we're farther away from the city?" asked parent Calvin Daugherty.

Patterson says closing Canaan would save Madison Consolidated Schools $500,000. The plan also calls for eliminating positions and getting rid of some work months for custodial staff.

"We just hope that the decisions are based on what's best for kids and that it's not anything else," says parent Stacy Gray.

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