Some supporters of Lacy and Belmont Elementary and North Drive Middle Schools are expressing concern about the future of those schools.A standing room only crowd packed the Christian County School board meeting room Thursday night to express their concern about the future of the schools through the redistricting process. Lacy resident Mark Harrison encouraged the board to leave the school in the north Christian community.
Parent Anthony Gally told the board the school needs to remain open for his and other children.
Meanwhile North Drive Middle School teacher Alva Littleton told the board that facility needs to remain a middle school.
Although no comments were made Thursday night on behalf of Belmont, supporters of the school have attended a previous meeting. The public comments and the large crowd were in response to an agenda item that called for the board to make a decision about the future of Lacy and Belmont Elementary and North Drive Middle schools.Superintendent Mary Ann Gemmill told those on hand this is the beginning of the process to craft a new facility plan for the school district.
The board took no action on the proposal.
In a related matter addressed by Chief Operations Officer Kathy Hancock, the board approved hiring Davis Demographics of Riverside, California to create new attendance zones. The attendance data will give the board the information they need to begin looking at possible ways to redraw school district boundaries in the county. The information will also help the board determine the best location for any new schools that could be constructed.
The Christian County School district will no longer allow school of choice for middle and high school students. The board approved the change unanimously, with students currently in school of choice from the sixth grade and up will be allowed to continue.
The board approved holding workshops on the first Thursday of each month starting in January, with board meetings to remain on the third Thursday of each month.
The board took no action on a proposal to sell the old Highland Elementary School and/or the land the building is located on.
The board voted to advertise for bids for two new 8 passenger vans.