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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