New Vote Closes Elementary School

By: Michel Mason Email
By: Michel Mason Email

The Perry County School Board decides to close Lost Creek Elementary School. This comes just a week after it voted to keep it open for at least another year.

The 4-to-1 vote to close Lost Creek came during a special board meeting Tuesday morning.

Pressure from a struggling budget forced board members to reverse that decision.

"We still had basically a $300,000 dollar hole in our budget that we had to plug somehow," said Superintendent John Paul Amis

Amis says staff cuts were unavoidable and counting on possible funding from the county was not a solid way of balancing the budget.

"That'd be very similar to us going out and buying a new home, buying a new car and stopping at a mini mart on the way home and purchasing a lottery ticket to pay for it," added Amis.

But some parents feel they were left in the dark.

"They've secretly did a meeting on us and decided to close our school after voting us to stay open. I don't see how they did that," said Janice Noble.

"The agenda was posted here (district office). Actually, we finalized it Sunday afternoon and then the packets were delivered to the board members 24 hours prior to the meeting which is required by law," said Amis.

Amis says the budget approved by the board today also includes 12 new school buses.


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  • by me Location: hazard on Feb 25, 2009 at 02:41 PM
    it's really something that they can't afford to keep this school open but can afford to build a new one for N. Vannarsdall, put 106 kids on a bus take them across a mountain, either way you go the roads are not safe, maybe the safety of these kid are no more important to the board that their education!
  • by Connor Location: louisville on Feb 25, 2009 at 12:59 PM
    i think they need to keep lost creek open becuase that is confusing parents becuase they need to know if lost creek is going to be open or closed. If i was you cut back on school buses and let the teachers have a pay cut. plus some of the parents live near the school and so now they are going to drive their child to a differnt school on the other side of town like R.W. Combs or any other like that.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 25, 2009 at 06:51 AM
    They made the right decision and I'm glad they had the guts to step up and do the right thing this time for the district instead of putting 106 students in front of the thousands of other students in the school system. I don't think they went about it the right way though. They should've advertised the meeting like they have the rest of their meetings in the past to let people know what was going on. Sure the agenda was posted in the central office, but how many people stop there everyday to see if there is going to be a board meeting? Right decision, wrong way of going about it though.
  • by Goebel Location: Lexington on Feb 25, 2009 at 06:14 AM
    If you want the $300,000 hole plugged apply for foreign aid there are always billions for that.
  • by John Location: lost creek on Feb 25, 2009 at 04:31 AM
    Needed to be done and now the merger between Hazard and Perry Central needs to begin without further waste of $$.
  • by t-rex Location: hazard on Feb 25, 2009 at 04:07 AM
    i hope it sticks this time and they don't mess with the kids anymore....

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