Northeast Sullivan Schools Consider Options

SULLIVAN COUNTY, Ind. – Monday night school officials discussed the future of the Northeast School system in Sullivan County.

Declining enrollment means less resources and tough decisions on keeping the schools viable.

Superintendent Dr. Mark Baker presented his 10-year plan for the school corporation.

Indiana House Enrolled Act 1009, which focuses on managing school finances will give school systems around the state a little breathing room.

After talking with area residents and getting ideas and suggestions, Baker presented his recommendations in a 4-step layout.

The first step would be to keep things the way they are for three years.

The second step would involve closing the middle school in Shelburn and moving students to other buildings.

A third step would move all students to the North Central site and closing all other buildings.

A last step to consider would be consolidation with Southwest Sullivan Schools.

Baker’s recommendations were approved by board members in a unanimous vote.