History of Southern Wells and Area Townships
Wells County Schools Split 3 Ways Under Reorganization Plan A
Plan A, calling for a three-way division of school districts in Wells County, has been tentatively adopted by the School Reorganization Committee as the result of a five-to-four vote to discard the proposed county-wide merger.
The northern district
would include Union, Jefferson, Rockcreek and
The northern district would include a total of 1,966 students based on 1960-61 initial enrollments figures, 1,423 in elementary and 43 in high school grades.
The maximum distance to a central point, which would be approximately at the junction of our townships, would be 14 miles.
The northern district would be the “wealthiest” of the three proposed areas, with a total tax valuation of about $17 million.
The study committee
envisioned a seven-member school board for the northern district. This hypothetical board would include two
members elected each from Jefferson and Lancaster, one each from
The southern district
would have a central point northeast of the present site of
The southern district would have the lowest relative population, 1092 students, and tax valuation, $11 million. Enrollment would include, based on the current initial figures, 793 in elementary and 299 in high school grades.
A five-member board would be proposed. One member would be elected from each of the four townships and one member would be elected at-large.
would change the picture of the present Bluffton school system only in revision
of the school board size and its incorporation of
Maximum distance from any point to Bluffton is nine miles. The central district would rank between the other two districts in both enrollment and tax base figures. The area represents 2,004 students, 1,682 in elementary and 422 in high school grades, and a total tax valuation of approximately $13 million.
A seven-member board is proposed including four Bluffton representatives, two township members and one elected at-large
The pros and cons of Plan A, reflecting the viewpoint of the county study committee and their representative township advisory groups from earlier studies, are as follows:
Wells county schools split 3 ways under reorganization plan A (1960). Bluffton News-Banner.
School Reorganization Group Reverses Itself; Adopts Plan A
county-wide consolidation of public schools of
A five-to-four majority was registered for Plan A, indicting a switch in volte by one member of the nine-member panel.
Opposition at Hearings:
Tuesday night’s vote was requested by one committee member because of opposition to the county-wide merger shown at recent public hearings. The public meeting at Ossian witnessed the most pronounced disagreement.
Unlike the earlier ballot, which was cast secretly, Tuesday night’s vote was by a raise of hands.
Voting for Plan A
were committee members from
Chester Twp. farmer, informed the group that he had changed his vote in favor
of the three-way division as the result of a poll conducted among parents of
Trustee Polls Parents:
Verlice Crosby, trustee of Chester Twp., said today he distributed approximately 160 ballots though students asking township resident to indicate which of the proposed school merger proposals they preferred.
Mrs Gale Miller, secretary and Nottingham Twp. member of the panel, said that group discussed a nine page letter protesting the county-wide merger and written by Fred Borton of near Craigville.
Vote Follows Discussion:
Borton reportedly had
registered his opposition to the single unit first at the Ossian public
hearing. He is a native of Union Twp.
and has resided on the farm near Craigville for about 7 years, according to Walter
W Speheger, treasure and
The vote followed a discussion of Borton’s protest and a review of three public hearings. A first show of hands revealed a five-to-three division with Bluffton Supt. Edwin E. Prible abstaining because of his position as committee chairman.
Prible then stated that he originally voted for Plan D and continued to favor the single unit, thus making the final vote five-to-four, according to Mrs Miller.
Next Meeting October 4th:
Mrs Miller stated that the committee will concentrate on Plan A as a result of the decision. She said the members did not know if additional public hearings would be required before submission of the plan for state approval. The next meeting will be Oct. 4.
unavailable for comment as he was attending a workshop session of the
It is expected that
Bluffton would continue to be the focal point of the center district, with
geographic midpoints in the other districts falling near Kingsland in the north
and near the present
School reorganization group reverses itself; adopts plan A. (1960, September 14). Bluffton News-Banner.
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