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Silver Grove Independent school board votes to merge with county

Posted at 5:32 PM, Feb 14, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-24 11:56:59-04

SILVER GROVE, Ky. — Silver Grove Independent School could soon be closing its doors.

The school board voted this week to merge with Campbell County Schools, despite resistance from dozens of parents, students and teachers. The deal is waiting a final vote by the Campbell County school board.

Their current building is an elementary school, middle school and high school in one. About 200 students attend the school. Some parents said they're worried about students losing the one-on-one attention they receive now.

The school is a huge part of Sara Remley's life. She's teaches and coaches at the school, and sends her two daughters there.

"This school is a pillar in the community," she said. "This school is the glue in the community."

Remley's daughters would be the fifth generation to graduate from the school, but that may no longer be an option.

The Silver Grove board approved a merger and tentative agreement requiring the county district to consider Silver Grove's personnel for open jobs, the Associated Press reported. Board officials weren't immediately able to comment.

"I was heartbroken that something so precious could be destroyed," Remley said.

Her 9-year-old daughter also "cried herself to sleep" after learning the school could close, according to Remley.

"She was absolutely beside herself and devastated," she said.

Roberta Plummer has six grandchildren who attend Silver Grove. She said she's concerned about the longer drive to another school.

"All of the kids walk, just about," she said.

Silver Grove parent Theresa Smith said she's worried about larger class sizes.

"To go from a small school to a big school like that, I think it's too overwhelming for them," she said.

The move still needs approval from the Campbell County school board. Rempley hopes the board will reconsider.

"This is our world," she said. This is our home. I'm here. I'm serving youth. I'm telling you, it's a great place for kids."