Talk of Eisenhower to District 9 tabled for now

By JOSH COTTON

jcotton@timesobserver.com

While Warren County School District central office administration was prepared to make a recommendation that Eisenhower Middle/High School be allowed to pursue moving from District 10 to District 9, the hiring of a new principal will put a hold on that process.

Superintendent Dr. William Clark explained that Kelly Martin was recently hired to be principal at Eisenhower.

“There are some protocols the district needs to follow. First is approval here (school board),” Dr. Clark said during Monday night’s special board meeting. “Knowing full well that he is new in his seat, (Martin) would like to take a look at this for the building moving forward. (We’re) going to continue to investigate it.”

The board tabled a motion that would have allowed Eisenhower to explore leaving District 10.

But central office was prepared to allow the move.

“It is the recommendation of the administration that Eisenhower Middle/High School should be allowed to pursue moving to District 9 from their current position in District 10,” according to an executive summary prepared for the meeting. “The reasoning for this recommendation is that EMHS will play schools that are comparable in size, more common opponents in various sports, and the principal is able to have more input on playoff teams. The travel for both District 10 and District 9 is comparable so there will not be a notable cost savings. The reasons that Youngsville High School is not a part of this recommendation is because the travel is easier to District 10 and the community supports staying in District 10.”

Eisenhower Athletic Coordinator Bill Vanatta approached the Personnel/Athletics & Co-Curricular Committee in June with the request. “D9 is more compatible with what we have at Eisenhower,” he said. “(Our) funding (is) in line with D9 more so than D10, basically looking at opportunities for our kids. In D9, we’re more competitive.”

Board member John Grant offered the most significant criticism of the proposal during that meeting. “I’m just interested, when you use the word competitive, what it means…. That puts up a red flag to me. We’re one school district. Eisenhower is not contiguous” to District 9.