MCCUNE, KS.--- USD 247 leaders are giving residents another chance to voice their opinions about the closure of McCune Elementary School. There's still a public hearing left that could possibly change the outcome of the board's recent vote. This special meeting will allow the public to voice their opinions. After the open forum, the board will decide one of three options. They can table the discussion for another meeting, take no action, or choose to vote again on whether or not the school should close.
"This is a necessary step for the health of our district for the long-term growth. It's an opportunity for us to truly unify our district. We'll have three district schools and every community is giving up a little bit sending their kids to different locations," said Dr. Glenn Fortmayer, Superintendent.
Under the proposed plan, Weir would house pre-k through 4th grade, the school in Cherokee would be 5th through 8th grades, and Southeast High School will remain the same.
"The other issue that we're looking at right now is that we have three board positions that we need to fill. We're accepting applications for the board to look at and appoint those three positions," said Dr. Fortmayer
Doctor Fortmayer says he doesn't think the new board member will be appointed by the december 11th meeting, but it is a possibility.
"It's hard to bring a board member in brand new who has not been exposed to all the information and ask them two days later to make a decision of such magnitude," said Dr. Fortmayer.
It's possible the new board members could be appointed before the public meeting, which will be held on Wednesday, December 11th at 6:30 at Southeast High School. If the decision to close McCune stands, it would happen at the end of the school year.
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