April 4, 2018 at 5:30 p.m.

FRHC considers changes of school board organization

By By Paul [email protected]

Superintendent Shawn Price will begin looking into the possible pros and cons of reorganizing the Flat Rock-Hawcreek School Corp. Board to better reflect the makeup of northern Bartholomew County.

The issue came up during the board's regular meeting Tuesday, in which former board member Greg Spurling, who was in the audience, pointed out some demographic facts he thought should be considered.

Currently, two board members are elected to represent Flat Rock Township, two are elected to represent Hawcreek Township and one is elected at-large, for a total of five members. But Spurling said the fact that 31 percent of registered voters live in Flat Rock and 69 percent live in Hawcreek is a possible reason to switch to a model that more closely reflects modern demographics.

He said the board could change to electing three members from Hawcreek and just two from Flat Rock.

Brian Rose, the school board president, said he and the other board members discussed the issue a couple of weeks ago but did not come to any consensus about how or whether changes should be made. At their request, Price said he would seek input from students' parents about a potential change and would gather data from similarly sized school districts to see how they arrange their own districts.

Board attorney Charlie Wells said the county clerk, as head of the clerk's election division, would bring up the issue next year. If the board signed off on any proposed changes, it would be up to the state to enact them.

County Clerk Jay Phelps could not be reached for comment.[[In-content Ad]]