New bill would give control of Muncie Community Schools to BSU

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Ball State is looking to become the first public university to run a public K-12 school district. A bill has been introduced that calls for Ball State to take over Muncie Community Schools.

Posted: Jan. 18, 2018 12:21 PM

DELAWARE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — Ball State is looking to become the first public university to run a public K-12 school district.

A bill has been introduced that calls for Ball State to take over Muncie Community Schools.

The district is more than $10 million in debt and was recently taken over by the state.

If the bill is adopted, a seven-member governing board would operate MCS.

The board would consist of five people appointed by Ball State and two others appointed by the mayor and city council.

But some remain skeptical.

Including the head of the Muncie teachers association.

"A K-12 institution is very complex. To just say very soon in a few months we'll take over, it just boggles my mind. I can't even imagine all the work that would have to be done for them to be able to work through the process to do that," said Muncie Teachers Association President Pat Kennedy.

Ball State is Muncie's largest employer and has a budget of nearly $500 million.

The university currently manages one K-12 school in Muncie and another for high-school juniors and seniors.

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