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Decision finalized to merge Hew Harmony and N. Posey

Published: Jan. 20, 2012 at 7:32 PM CST|Updated: Jan. 27, 2012 at 7:32 PM CST
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NEW HARMONY, IN (WFIE) - The decision is final. New Harmony students will attend North Posey starting in the fall.

The decision comes after New Harmony decided to close it's doors because of falling enrollment and financial instability.

New Harmony Superintendent Fran Thoele says although it's hard to think about this school being closed, but most understand it's in the best interest of the students.

"It's tough to lose something you cared that much about, but I think they also realize we didn't have much choice and looking at this now as a wonderful opportunity for our kids," said Thoele.

That opportunity is just about 10 miles away at the North Posey School District.

Both school boards agreed on a consolidation. School officials hope the transition will be seamless.

"We've taken groups of kids up there already to look around, ask questions and report back to the other kids, so we're going to have more of those types of activities before the end of school," Thoele said.

"We've invited the high school students and junior high students over to some basketball games. We're going to continue to do things like that," said North Posey Superintendent Todd Camp.

Thoele says May 22nd will be the last day for students at New Harmony.

The fate of the building is still in question.

"There is an option to possibly sell the property. If not, it will have to be put on a waiting list for two years to see if a charter is interested in it," Thoele told 14 News.

Also in question is staff opportunities. Many teachers from New Harmony have decided to retire, while North Posey will look to make room for the others.

"We're looking at staff and beginning to make decisions on that, how many staff members we'll have to increase, how many retirees we currently are going to have," Camp said.

Meetings are scheduled January 23rd and 24th for any parents and students with questions. Those meetings are at 6:00 p.m. at New Harmony School.

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