Muncie Community Schools

School Financial Indicator Committee Meets This Week

Jul 10, 2018

Under a bill passed earlier this year, the state plans to keep closer tabs on financially struggling schools. A committee meets this week, to discuss which financial risk factors the state might monitor as part of that plan.

Governor Holcomb Calls For Special Session

Mar 19, 2018
Gov. Eric Holcomb says he wants lawmakers to act on a few of the issues that died last week when legislators ran out of time. (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

Gov. Eric Holcomb announced Monday he’ll call for a special session of the General Assembly to address some of the issues that died last week when lawmakers ran out of time at session’s end.

It will be the first non-budget special session in 16 years.

State Names Muncie Community Schools Emergency Manager

Jun 26, 2017

The state has named the new emergency manager for Muncie Community Schools. The financially impaired district will soon be run by a company called Administrator Assistance.

The company of independent contractors includes retired teachers, business managers, and school administrators. Courtney Schaafsma is a member of the Distressed Unit Appeals Board, or DUAB, the board responsible for choosing Muncie Community Schools’ emergency manager.

Muncie Schools Added to Bill Despite District Opposition

Apr 3, 2017

An Indiana House committee has voted to amend a bill that if passed would allow a state takeover of Muncie Community Schools to right its financial crisis.

The House Ways and Means Committee added the Muncie school district to a bill that already passed the Senate. It would allow a state takeover of Gary Community School Corporation, for financial reasons, and Committee Chair Republican Tim Brown (R-Crawfordsville) extended it to include Muncie Community Schools.

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A lawsuit over whether school districts can charge parents fees for transportation will go before the Indiana Supreme Court.   The state Court of Appeals transferred the case involving Franklin Township Schools to the state Supreme Court, though it isn‘t clear whether the court will agree to hear the case. In June, the appeals court reversed a verdict from a Marion County Superior Court judge, ruling that charging fees for busing was unconstitutional.