Thursday, August 12, 1999

State may decide on district split

Middletown/Monroe matter slated for Sept.

Enquirer Contributor

        MIDDLETOWN — The Ohio State Board of Education might decide next month whether it will allow the Middletown/Monroe School District to split into two.

        The state board has placed the matter on its agenda for a Sept. 14 meeting, said LeeAnne Rogers, spokeswoman for the Ohio Department of Education.

        State Rep. Gary Cates, R-West Chester, and the Middletown/Monroe Board wrote letters urging the board to take up the issue. During a meeting Tuesday, Suzi Rubin, spokeswoman for the Committee on Reviewing Education (CORE), the Monroe group that first petitioned for a split, expressed frustration at the board's lack of decisiveness.

        The state first rejected CORE's petition by a vote of 2-1 in December 1997, and CORE later asked the board to reconsider its decision.

        Ms. Rogers said she expected Susan Zelman, state superintendent of public instruction, to complete her study of the matter and prepare a recommendation for the board next month.

        “I think it's time they make a decision,” Mrs. Rubin said. “I think the letters were very helpful. They suddenly heard from all corners and realized all corners need a decision.”


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