Decisions may be imminent on high-school construction

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By Kevin Koelling, Managing Editor

Public input still sought

TELL CITY - School officials and members of two committees that worked to define construction needs in Tell City-Troy Township schools have been urging residents of the district to become informed about their work, and hope to see good turnout at a meeting set for 1 p.m. Thursday in the high-school auditorium.

Schools Superintendent Ron Etienne said Thursday he hopes school board members "will be in a position to make a decision on which option to go forward with" at the meeting, but he added, "that may be difficult with the amount of information they have to deal with."

As The News reported Sept. 11, the board received options that had been discussed jointly by two committees in a series of meetings conducted to determine what to do about the aging Tell City High School.

Those options included closing Tell City Junior High School and renovating the high school to accommodate seventh- and eighth-graders. Sixth-graders would attend classes at William Tell Elementary School under those alternatives.

Etienne said he realized an afternoon meeting would be difficult for many people to attend, but "it was the only time we could get all of the board members together before Oct. 14, when they'll have a regularly scheduled meeting. Thursday's meeting is intended to provide them time to discuss the options so they can make a decision at the regular meeting.

School-board and committee members hoped to hear opinions from members of the public concerned about how the schools will be changed and how much money will be spent on construction.

Etienne said Thursday no one had contacted him to express an opinion.