Possible school consolidation sparks conversation

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SULLIVAN COUNTY Ind. (WAWV/WTWO) – Superintendent Chris Stitzle brought up the possibility of combining two of their county middle schools in an effort to bring new opportunities to students.

Stitzle said Friday he believed the discussions from earlier this week were productive but may have been misconstrued.

“I just brought up the idea to start a discussion on the topic,” said Stitzle. “We haven’t made any decisions.”

He said issues with the proposal such as transportation, funding and class size will be further discussed with the school board.

Taylor Hayes grew up in Carlisle and called the school the “heart of the town.”

She also added that without the junior high, the community would be heavily impacted.

“That school is one thing that they still have, and I just feel like if the school goes, then there goes the town,” said Hayes. “I just know from my experiences at Carlisle, like I want other kids to be able to enjoy that as well.”

Hayes responded to Stitzle’s discussion topic with “It just breaks my heart at the thought of kids not getting the same opportunity I had growing up.”

At this time Stitszle said no further discussions on the topic with the public have been planned.

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