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Southern Indiana school boards will meet to discuss cost saving ideas

Bill Wilson Bill Wilson
Roger Whaley Roger Whaley
Nancy Kraft Nancy Kraft
Kim Knott Kim Knott

By Katie Bauer email | bio

CLARKSVILLE, IN (WAVE) – Four southern Indiana school corporations plan to sit down together and brainstorm ideas, that not only will benefit students, but the taxpayers as well.

Later this month, for the first time ever, the school boards from Clarksville Community, Greater Clark County, West Clark Community, and New Albany- Floyd County will meet to look for ways to work together to save money.

"Maybe collectively we can share resources, we can increase our buying power," said Bill Wilson, Clarksville Community School Board President.

Wilson thought of the idea to bring the four southern Indiana boards together.

"I think this collaborative meeting, this collective meeting of the school boards, hopefully will open up doors that we don't even know at this time," said Wilson.

Board members are already thinking of several possibilities to discuss to get costs down for the taxpayer.

"There are a lot of things, insurance, transportation, custodial, there are a lot of things that we do that all of us do," said Roger Whaley, New Albany- Floyd County School Board President.

"Obviously we can pull our buying power, rather it be through energy that we purchase, or commodities that we purchase," said Whaley.

The boards can also be academic resources for each other, that's what Nancy Kraft, Vice President of the Greater Clark County School Board says she's looking forward to.

"With all the new core curriculum coming down for children, maybe we can glean ideas from all the districts and see what they are doing and how well their kids are doing," said Kraft.

Board members and school officials hope this meeting will be the first of many and the beginning of shared resources and new partnerships.

"We've got to find ways to look at collaborating, so that not only to be benefit our students, but we benefit our taxpayers in our communities," said Dr. Kim Knott, Clarksville Community School Superintendent.

"The bottom line is there are common goals and we hope to find some common solutions," said Whaley.

The meeting will be held at Silver Creek Middle School on Jan. 31, at 7 p.m. and it is open to the public.

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