School board votes to close Celestine Elementary at the end of upcoming school year

School board votes to close Celestine Elem. at end of upcoming school year

DUBOIS CO., Ind. (WFIE) - Officials at the superintendent’s office at the Northeast Dubois School Corporation confirm Celestine Elementary School will close after the 2019-2020 school year.

They say the school board voted Tuesday night.

The issue has been in talks for some time. The school board held off on the decision back in January.

Public work sessions were held in January and February.

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Superintendent Bill Hochgesang tells us the High School is being remodeled to add 7th and 8th grades.

He says the tentative plan for the 20/21 school year will be to make the middle school 3rd grade through 6th grade, and Dubois Elementary K through 2nd grade.

Hochgesang says Celestine is grades K-4th and had 84 students last school year.

“There is a sadness to see it close. Both my children attended, and I live in that community. It was a difficult decision for the board to make, but necessary for the stability of the school corporation,” said Hochgesang.

We’re told the closure will save the school corporation $220,000 a year.

The building is owned by the Catholic Diocese of Evansville. The Northeast Dubois School Corporation has been leasing it for about 50 years.

Celestine Elementary School
Celestine Elementary School (Source: WFIE)

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