Indiana to Take Over Control of Muncie Community Schools

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Credits: Diego Celso via Wikipedia

The state government of Indiana will officially assume control of Muncie Community Schools on January 1, 2018.

Muncie Community Schools is located in Delaware County in east central Indiana. It is not the only school district taken over by the state because of its financial problems. Earlier this year, the state also took over the operations Gary Community School Corporation, which had more than $100 million debt.

On Wednesday, the Distressed Unit Appeals Board (DUAB) designated Muncie Community Schools as “distressed political subdivision” under Indiana Code 6-1.1-20.3-7.1.

Since June, the DUAB has been proving assistance to the school corporation.   The agency assigned an Administrator Assistance (AA) Emergency Management Team to help resolve the financial woes of Muncie Community Schools.

Under the Indiana Code, the AA Emergency Management Team will take over the responsibilities of Muncie Community Schools’ Superintendent. The DUAB will serve as the local school board.

In a statement, the DUAB said Muncie Community School’s “fiscally-impaired school corporation designation will end on December 31. The agency expects to complete a selection process for potential candidates this spring. The DUAB will hire a longer-term emergency manager for the school corporation.