Trimble County Schools to review consolidation plan, despite parents' opposition
Middle school students in Trimble County may soon be split up into elementary and high school buildings. Superintendent Steve Miracle made that recommendation and wants a local planning committee to look at that option to better serve the district’s 1,311 students.
TRIMBLE COUNTY, Ky. (WDRB) – Middle school students in Trimble County may soon be split up into elementary and high school buildings.
Superintendent Steve Miracle made that recommendation and wants a local planning committee to look at that option to better serve the district’s 1,311 students.
But Wednesday night, following questions and opposition from parents, the school board delayed that vote.
Kentucky law says school boards have to approve a facilities plan every four years. And because of declining enrollment the last 10 years in Trimble County, Superintendent Steve Miracle was looking for a solution.
He wants a committee to look at a K-6 and 7-12 model which would basically close the middle school.
"At this point we've identified -- through our initial investigation -- that the potential benefits are definitely leading us to the point of saying we need to investigate it further."
But parents don't seem to support a consolidation.
"And I am not an advocate for blending the younger kids with the older ones,” said one father.
"I think it's going to be a grievous mistake and I think it's going to cause a whole lot of problems if you do this,” said another.
"Keep this the way we have it, I still don't think it's a good idea,” said another parent.
District data shows the two elementary schools do have the room to serve all sixth graders without hitting capacity.
- Bedford Elementary has 344 kids with enough room for 600
- Milton Elementary has 261 students with a capacity of 400
- Trimble County Middle School has the highest capacity at 83 percent with 312 kids in a space fit for 375
- Trimble County High School is not even 50 percent full -- It has 369 students but can hold up to 750
"We're getting close to a point where having the buildings open that we are running may lead to a point where we're wasting money by having those facilities open," said Miracle.
That's why he wants a 20-person committee made up of teachers, parents, administrators and other staff, to find out if there's a more efficient way to run the district.
Miracle says moving kids from the middle school would free that location up to move the central office there and even transform space for an alternative school – something the district currently does not have.
But Wednesday night the board delayed that vote in hopes of clearing up confusion and giving the community more time to learn about the process. Parents who addressed the board seemed to think that members were actually voting on whether to approve a consolidation, but they were only voting on whether to have a committee look into that option.
The board will take up the issue again in a few weeks.
Miracle says he will support whatever decision the committee comes up with – following community input during several open forums.
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