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Board votes to close 2 southern IN schools

The Greater Clark County School Board voted 6-1 Wednesday to close Spring Hill and Maple elementary schools. (Source: WAVE 3 News) The Greater Clark County School Board voted 6-1 Wednesday to close Spring Hill and Maple elementary schools. (Source: WAVE 3 News)

CLARKSVILLE, IN (WAVE) – Two southern Indiana schools will close.

The Greater Clark County School Board voted 6-1 Wednesday to close Spring Hill and Maple elementary schools. Both schools have around 200 students.

“Sometimes you have to make hard calls and hard decisions and this is one of those times,” GCCS Superintendent Dr. Andrew Melin said.

Melin said the district is not able to provide equitable opportunities and services because of the low enrollment. He said the district could save around $1 million a year if both are closed.

On Wednesday night a room full of community members listened to Melin defend his plan to close the two schools.

“I was baffled and confused,” Deborah Henderson said. “A lot of the residents in the meeting don't understand the economics being explained.”

Henderson lives in District one and said the schools add to her neighborhood.

A new school that would cost about $15 million to build is also part of the plan to close Spring Hill and Maple.

“We owe it to them to give them the absolute best education and that's not happening right now,” GCCS board president Christina Gilley said.

If a new location is not finalized by spring of 2018 Spring Hill and Maple students would go to Northaven and Bridgepoint.

“They would be transferred to lower performing schools,” Henderson said.

The Department of Education rates Spring Hill and Maple as B schools.

Bridgepoint is rated as a C school.

Many did not agree with the decision the board made but Henderson said she is hoping for the best for her community.

“We do not want it to fail if this is the only thing we have going for us so I will be keeping my fingers crossed,” Henderson said.

No teachers will lose their jobs. The three locations being considered for the new school is the Corden Porter, Nahan Fieldhouse or bus depot.

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