The Indiana Area School Board will meet tonight, first to reorganize and then for their monthly special meeting. The board is expected to vote on nominations for school board officers, including president and vice president. Tonight’s agenda includes a list of motions from member Dianna Paccapaniccia. Included is a motion that the board will not eliminate AP classes during the 2013-2014 school year.
Another motion would commit the board to maintaining current programs through the 2013-2014 school year. Several other motions deal with the possible closure of school buildings. Dianna Paccapaniccia says she authored the motions so the board will have alternative plans to restructure schools in the district so that a plan is ready for a possible referendum on the November ballot. Furthermore, she says the motions are being discussed now so that a plan would be in place for an entire year to enable a seamless transition for students and staff, in the event that the board would eventually decide to close a school. The first motion would result in the creation of a plan to close Horace Mann Elementary, while keeping Eisenhower Elementary open.
A second plan would keep Horace Mann open while closing Eisenhower. The motion directs both plans to be ready by the second board meeting of June 2013 and that the board would be kept up to date on progress on any plans. Paccapaniccia stresses that these are not motions to close either school. The school board meeting is tonight at 7:30 p.m.