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Local school district needs to make changes to stay afloat

Enrollment at South Vermillion schools is declining and leaders are looking at ways to attract businesses and families to the community to help save the schools.

It's a familiar story; small-town Indiana schools are being forced to close their doors in light of budget cuts and declining enrollment.

One Wabash Valley school district is trying to avoid a similar fate.

The South Vermillion School Corporation is combing through findings from a feasibility study.

That study was done by Robert Boyd, the same man hired by North East Sullivan Schools before their board voted to close Union High School.

Findings show that enrollment at South Vermillion is down more than 11 percent in the last decade.

With lower enrollment comes less funding, so the corporation is trying to get ahead of the problem.

"This district, like many rural Indiana districts, is sort of facing a tipping point in terms of, can we continue to do business in the future like we've done it in the past?" says Boyd. He's a former ISU education administration professor.

"We are moving forward. We are being proactive. We want to make sure that our children and our children's children have a quality of life in Clinton, Indiana that they can be proud of," says South Vermillion Superintendent Dave Chapman.

Chapman wants to form a task force to brainstorm ways to attract businesses and families to the community. If you'd like to be a part of it, contact him at dchapman@svcs.k12.in.us or you can call 765-832-2426.

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