After years of debate, and a failed referendum, West Clark Community Schools school board voted to allow Silver Creek schools to “divorce” from the West Clark school corporation.
The rural West Clark district is made up of Borden, Henryville and Silver Creek. More than 2,500 of the district’s students go to Silver Creek schools in Sellersburg, which has seen a major increase in students in recent years due to the district’s population, and new state laws that allow transfer students from outside of the school district.
Though full, Silver Creek primary, elementary and middle schools are relatively new and in good condition; however, the high school, which was built in the 1960s, needs major repairs and no longer fits the excess of students attending.
WLKY reports that last week, voters rejected a proposal for a $95 million referendum to fund school improvements that would have resulted in a property tax increase.
Superintendent Chad Schenck said that many believe Silver Creek received too much of the district’s funds. “It’s disappointing, quite honestly, it’s disappointing. A little frustrating because I think we’ve tried to share with everyone. I’ve said many, many times. It’s one checkbook,” Schenck said, reported WLKY.
The next step in the process is for a Clark County Judge to form a committee to gather feedback from the community, and then get approval from the Indiana Board of Education.
Officials say the changes could be made in the 2019-2020 school year, if the plan goes through, which would leave Borden and Henryville as the only two schools in the district.
It is believed that all three school communities will favor Silver Creek succeeding from West Clark Community Schools.