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Greater Clark County school board approves $109 M school improvement plan

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A public hearing held Tuesday, July 7, for Greater Clark County Schools for $119 million facility improvement plan. A public hearing held Tuesday, July 7, for Greater Clark County Schools for $119 million facility improvement plan.

JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (WDRB) -- The Greater Clark County Schools' board of trustees is moving forward with a multi million dollar plan to improve a number of schools.

"Tonight is a long culmination of time that our team has been working on this," superintendent Dr. Andrew Melin said at the board meeting Tuesday.

Melin said the plan has been in the works for almost two years. When it was initially presented to board members several weeks ago, it cost a total of $119 million. However, after a series of meetings with the public and staff members of the schools involved, the plan was adjusted. Now the total cost of the project is $109.2 million.

"This plan is still challenging and bold even with these refinements which I'm excited to see as a Jeffersonville downtown resident," said parent and teacher Ray Frederick. "But we need a sense of urgency."

However the changes to the plan didn't thrill everyone who attended the public meeting on Tuesday night.

"I was 100 percent gung ho for the previous plan this plan I have problems with. I don't see how this will benefit the students downtown," said parent April Miller

River Valley, Parkview and Charlestown Middle school will remain open and as middle schools but will be renovated. Wilson, Parkwood and Jonathan Jennings elementary schools would be rebuilt. North Haven would be renovated. Thomas Jefferson would close and those students would be relocated to other schools.

Any improvements that were scheduled for Spring Hill and Maple were taken out of this new plan.

To pay for this, property taxes in Clark County would have to be raised. For a $100,000 dollar home it would mean paying $65 more per year.

Board members voted unanimously to approve the plan. It will now go before voters in November for a final decision.

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