Reorganization of Schools is Clearly Explained
Reorganization of Schools is Clearly Explained –
3 Communities in Merge Plan.
The School Reorganization Committees of Marshall, Fulton and Starke counties met at Culver on Thursday
evening, May 12 to hear a most important report on the possible unification of three school corporations
of this area.
Local school advisory committees of our
Aubeenaubee township of Fulton county and
North Bend township of Starke county
have been engaging in joint meetings during the recent weeks to consider the possibilities and advantages
of a consolidation involving these three townships.
Since such a proposed unit would meet the minimum enrollment standard of 1,000 pupils in average
daily attendance required by the state reorganization program, the three local township committees set
up a plan which would provide for a school corporation of approximately 1,250 pupils in grades 1 through 12.
Combine Valuation $12 Million
The combined valuation of such a unit would be somewhat above #12 million, with a current school bond
obligation of approximately $50,000.
It such a unit were created, all pupils of grades 1 to 12 of North Bend township would attend school at
Culver, as would the high school pupils of Aubbeenaubee township. The grade pupils of the latter township
would continue to attend the school in their present building at Leiters Fords. This building is comparatively
new and is in excellent condition.
At a recent meeting, the three local school advisory committees made plans for the circulation of petitions
in the individual townships in order to determine the amount of favor of voters for such a proposed
Hundreds Sign Petition
As the evidence of support for the proposal became clear from the number of signers, the Marshall County
School Reorganization Committee was asked to invite the County Committees of Starke and Fulton to meet
to hear a report on the proposed unit.
Such a meeting seemed important because of the fact that the plan would have to be accepted by each
of the three county committees and be made a part of their total reorganization program.
At the May 12 meeting Ed Secor, superintendent of schools of Bremen and chairman of the Marshall County
He called on Eugene G. Benedict of Union township, William Cripe of Aubbeenaubee township and Paul Borg
of North Bend township to explain the pal and to express the desire of their local committees that the
proposal be considered favorable.
Leiters Banker Favorable
Chester m. Bowersox, of Leiters For, chairman of the Fulton County Committee, speaking as a citizen of
the Aubbeenaubee school corporation, presented a report of the many advantages which the proposed
merger would offer to the children of the area involved. He emphasized the close relationships among the
three corporations and urged that the factor favorable to such a consolidation be given sincere consideration
by the three county committees.
Frank McLane, Culver, of the Marshall County committee presented information regarding the potential
enrollments, valuations, etc. and explained that the Marshall County Committee had learned of this plain i
n a meeting with the Union township school advisory committee in April.
County Superintendent Expains
To acquint the committees of the other counties with the procedure of the Marshall County, Committee
Mr. McLane pointed out that this group and visited each of the nine school corporations in the county
and had received indications of the reorganization plan preferred by each local advisory committee.
Many Favorable Factors
Though the Marshall County Committee recognized the favorable factors of such a proposed unti and
would give it sincere consideration, it realized that its jurisdiction involves only one of the three townships
included in the plan.
Because the proposal submitted by our Union township group involves corporations under study by the
two other county committees, it was necessary for the three groups to meet to receive a complete
explanation of the local proposal.
North Bend-Knox Situation
Members of the Starke County committee, including Frank Pluver, their chairman, explained their
reasons for feeling that North Bend township might be expected to become a part of the Knox
school corporation. It was pointed out by Knox officials and members of their school board that
most of the North Bend high school pupils now attend Knox High School as transfer students.
Since each county committee must consider the townships involved in this proposal in setting up
their own county plans, it was urged that the proposed consolidation be studied carefully by the
reorganization groups of the thee counties.
It was agreed that further meetings of the three county committees would be necessary since the
proposals for consolidation of other areas in their counties would be affected by this three-township
May 18, 1960 Citizen