Rural Indiana school district eyes consolidation

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MODOC, Ind. (AP) — Leaders of a rural school district in eastern Indiana say they’re looking to consolidate with a neighboring district because of declining enrollment and revenues.

Union School Board President Todd Holaday said during a public meeting Monday night that the district in southern Randolph County was running out of money. The Star Press reports the district’s elementary and junior-senior high schools in the town of Modoc have the state’s fourth-smallest district enrollment.

Holaday says the district’s state funding is dropping by $200,000 and that more spending cuts wouldn’t be appropriate.

The district has about 340 students this year. That’s down more than 25 percent from eight years ago.

High school senior Shayla Parrish couldn’t hold back tears during the meeting and said the district still offers many great things. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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