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Turkey Run, Rockville High Schools Consolidated After 7-0 Vote

The North Central Parke Community School Corporation board voted in a 7-0 decision Wednesday night to consolidate Turkey Run and Rockville Junior/Senior High schools beginning in the 2018-2019 school year.

A steep decline in enrollment and fewer academic programs led teachers and staff from both districts to sign a petition for consolidation.

Superintendent Thomas Rohr says students are excited about the change.

“Our students already work together in a lot of different ways and from the information we’re receiving from students they’re kind of looking forward to this," Rohr says. "They think it’s going to give them far greater opportunities and the students from Rockville are friends with the students from Turkey Run already and vice-versa.”

Rohr says a decrease in the rural population, an increase in Amish landowners and no high-speed internet in the district caused not only the decrease in enrollment, but also a drop in state funding because of the lack of property tax revenue in the county.

“Of course it affects it fairly dramatically in the sense that we get about $6,000 per student, and that started when there was a change in the funding formula, where the money follows the child," Rohr says. "So from that year on, we were seeing a slight decrease each year in our student population and consequently, then we would get less state revenue.”

The North Central Parke Community School Corp. does not expect a change in staff numbers.

The consolidation is expected to increase courses and academic programs.

Students in grades 9-12 will be sent to Rockville Junior/Senior High School while students in grades 6-8 will go to Turkey Run Junior/Senior High School.

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