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Delaplaine Community Association Goes Before Greene County Tech School Board

May 9, 2007 - Posted at 8:57 p.m. CDT

PARAGOULD, AR -- The clock is ticking for students at Delaplaine schools.  Greene County Tech is scheduled to close the campus at the end of this school year after the two districts consolidated in 2004.

Wednesday night representatives of the Delaplaine Community Action group presented their points and information to the Greene County Tech school board.

"We'd like to open the public's eyes as far as what facts and figures we have come up with and what options we haven't looked at before," said Amy Rothe, secretary of the Delaplaine Community Association.

It was an argument over closure, cost and communication.  The decision to close the Delaplaine campus was made last November by the Greene County Tech School Board.  Wednesday night Delaplaine representatives appeared on the school board's agenda for the first time.

"We're not going to have any troubles and we hope everything comes out and people get the information from this and are able to make a decision, wait and see what happens," said Delaplaine resident Phillip Rothe.

Delaplaine supporters say closing the school could have a negative financial impact and the 250 students in the district maybe scattered to neighboring schools.

"There really won't be a decision tonight, it's more of an informative forum so we can bring to light some ideas that perhaps the board has not looked at," said Amy Rothe.

The Delaplaine Community Association says one alternative they would like to see is the campus possibly turned into a charter school. 

Greene County Tech Administrators were not able to comment for this story because of the pending lawsuit.

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