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West Clark Community Schools proposing tax increase to pay for facilities

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The district is holding meetings this week to begin telling parents about a plan to improve the district’s school facilities. The district is holding meetings this week to begin telling parents about a plan to improve the district’s school facilities.

SELLERSBURG, Ind. (WDRB) -- West Clark Community Schools have begun the process of preparing the public for a referendum vote in November.

“We're wanting this to be community driven,” said superintendent Chad Schenck. “We want to hear from our community.”

The district is holding meetings this week to begin telling parents about a plan to improve the district’s school facilities.

In 2014, the district paid for a facility study that found around $70 million was needed in repairs and renovations. However, school leaders now feel that number was inflated.

“Perception is pretty powerful and that’s one of the things that we're going to try and dispel is that $70 million amount,” Schenck said. “We are going to be looking at a much more conservative number.”

The district is paying $29,500 for a new facility plan to be done in the coming months. Part of that procedure is getting input from students, parents and teachers.

“We're trying to make this a grass roots effort,” Schenck said. “We're trying to get to all of the community. These are the kickoff meetings.”

One of the major projects will be Silver Creek High School which was built in the 1960s. School leaders say the school was initially created to hold around 500 students. It currently has an enrollment of 960.

However, at Tuesday’s meeting some parents raised concerns that most of the money would go to Silver Creek and not other schools in the district.

“Everybody knows that most of the money is going to Silver Creek and they may very well need it,” said Buddy Coats who will soon have children at Henryville High School. “They may need a new building but we don't want to pay for it.”

School leaders hope soliciting input from parents across the district will help to alleviate those concerns.

“We always want to do equity first so every kid has equal access and we give kids what they truly deserve,” Schenck said.

There will be additional informational meetings at Borden High School Wednesday at 6 p.m. and Silver Creek High School on Thursday at 6 p.m. 

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