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School board votes in favor of Silver Creek leaving West Clark Community School district

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SELLERSBURG, IN (WAVE) - West Clark Community Schools board members voted in favor of Silver Creek schools leaving the district in Thursday night's meeting.

The board unanimously approved the motion, according to our partners at the News and Tribune.

This comes at the first WCCS board meeting since the overwhelming failure of a referendum to give the district $95 million of funding by raising property taxes in Clark County. Voters in Tuesday's election shot down the referendum by more than 3,000 votes.

The final tally was 5,402 against, 2,321 for the measure.

>> RELATED STORY: Community votes against controversial $95M referendum

Of the $95 million referendum, approximately $4.8 million would have gone toward renovating the Borden campus. Another $7.3 million was promised to go toward renovating Henryville. The remaining $83 million or so would go toward the Silver Creek campus.

If Silver Creek does secede from the district, all of its schools - primary, elementary, middle and high - would leave.

That would essentially split the district in half, based on number of schools (not on student population). Borden and Henryville schools would remain with WCCS.

A committee must be formed and a plan must be approved by the state board of education before a split, according to state law. But that's only the first step. 

District boundary lines could be redrawn, meaning some people who live in the Borden or Henryville Districts have the potential to be moved into Silver Creek. It is currently too early in the process to find out if that will happen.

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