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Newbern closing cause for adjustments

Next fall, Newbern Elementary School will close and over 350 elementary school students within the Pulaski County Public School system will attend a different school.
The Pulaski County School Board voted 3-2 during their meeting Thursday night to approve the closing of Newbern Elementary, which, as of January 2009, had an enrollment of 112, and create attendance boundary adjustments that would affect students at all of the elementary schools within the county, except for Snowville Elementary School.
Original plans within the proposal were to move 43 students from Critzer Elementary to Pulaski Elementary, 27 students from Newbern to Critzer, 75 students from Pulaski to Critzer, 161 from Dublin to Riverlawn, and 81 students from Newbern to Dublin.
However, the board approved the proposal with one change, recommended by School Board member Jeff Bain.
Bain requested that the board consider leaving the 21 students who live west of Ruebush Road in Dublin at Dublin Elementary instead of moving them to Riverlawn. That area includes Powell Avenue, Blenna Court, Jewell Avenue and Riggs Street.
He said there is a natural boundary in that particular area, and that the streets included in that section are attached to the Town of Dublin.
School Board Chairman Paul Phillips said that the board needed to look at Bain’s suggestion carefully, because leaving those 21 students at Dublin Elementary would put the school at its maximum seating capacity, and if additional children needed to be transferred to DES for extenuating circumstances, they could run into problems if the school is already "maxed out."
A target seating capacity of 475 has been set for DES. With the addition of students from Newbern, along with leaving the above-mentioned 21 students at DES, the enrollment there would be 476.
Bain said that he believes it would be in the best interest of those students to leave them at DES, and that geographically, it makes more sense.
Board member Dr. Rodell Cruise questioned whether this would affect the teacher to student ratio, and if they would have to hire another teacher at DES.
Dr. Don Stowers, superintendent of schools, said that with the boundary adjustments, they would already have to make changes in the number of teachers at DES regardless of whether the 21 students stay there or not.
Stowers made the recommendation that the board approve the original boundary adjustment proposal, which would move the 21 students living west of Ruebush Road to Riverlawn.
Cruise moved to accept the motion and Phillips seconded. Both voted in favor of the proposal, but Bain and the two remaining board members, Pam Chitwood and Dr. John Wenrich, voted no.
Stowers made a second recommendation that the proposal be accepted, including the change suggested by Bain, that the 21 students living west of Ruebush Road remain at DES.
Bain moved to accept the proposal and Wenrich seconded the motion.
Both voted in favor of this second proposal, along with Chitwood.
Cruise and Phillips voted no, and Phillips commented that he understood the concern about the natural boundary, but he didn’t think it would be best to open DES at its maximum capacity.

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Newbern closing cause for adjustments

Next fall, Newbern Elementary School will close and over 350 elementary school students within the Pulaski County Public School system will attend a different school.
The Pulaski County School Board voted 3-2 during their meeting Thursday night to approve the closing of Newbern Elementary, which, as of January 2009, had an enrollment of 112, and create attendance boundary adjustments that would affect students at all of the elementary schools within the county, except for Snowville Elementary School.
Original plans within the proposal were to move 43 students from Critzer Elementary to Pulaski Elementary, 27 students from Newbern to Critzer, 75 students from Pulaski to Critzer, 161 from Dublin to Riverlawn, and 81 students from Newbern to Dublin.
However, the board approved the proposal with one change, recommended by School Board member Jeff Bain.
Bain requested that the board consider leaving the 21 students who live west of Ruebush Road in Dublin at Dublin Elementary instead of moving them to Riverlawn. That area includes Powell Avenue, Blenna Court, Jewell Avenue and Riggs Street.
He said there is a natural boundary in that particular area, and that the streets included in that section are attached to the Town of Dublin.
School Board Chairman Paul Phillips said that the board needed to look at Bain’s suggestion carefully, because leaving those 21 students at Dublin Elementary would put the school at its maximum seating capacity, and if additional children needed to be transferred to DES for extenuating circumstances, they could run into problems if the school is already "maxed out."
A target seating capacity of 475 has been set for DES. With the addition of students from Newbern, along with leaving the above-mentioned 21 students at DES, the enrollment there would be 476.
Bain said that he believes it would be in the best interest of those students to leave them at DES, and that geographically, it makes more sense.
Board member Dr. Rodell Cruise questioned whether this would affect the teacher to student ratio, and if they would have to hire another teacher at DES.
Dr. Don Stowers, superintendent of schools, said that with the boundary adjustments, they would already have to make changes in the number of teachers at DES regardless of whether the 21 students stay there or not.
Stowers made the recommendation that the board approve the original boundary adjustment proposal, which would move the 21 students living west of Ruebush Road to Riverlawn.
Cruise moved to accept the motion and Phillips seconded. Both voted in favor of the proposal, but Bain and the two remaining board members, Pam Chitwood and Dr. John Wenrich, voted no.
Stowers made a second recommendation that the proposal be accepted, including the change suggested by Bain, that the 21 students living west of Ruebush Road remain at DES.
Bain moved to accept the proposal and Wenrich seconded the motion.
Both voted in favor of this second proposal, along with Chitwood.
Cruise and Phillips voted no, and Phillips commented that he understood the concern about the natural boundary, but he didn’t think it would be best to open DES at its maximum capacity.

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