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April election on Norborne, H-C school boundaries

Patrons of Norborne and Hardin-Central schools will vote in April on the five sections and four partial sections around the former Stet school as to whether they will be part of Norborne School District.  They are currently in Hardin-Central.

Patrons of Norborne and Hardin-Central schools will vote in April on the five sections and four partial sections around the former Stet school as to whether they will be part of Norborne School District. They are currently in Hardin-Central.

By Shawn Roney/For The Richmond News

The Hardin-Central C-2 and Norborne R-VIII school districts are gearing up for a showdown over where their district boundaries should be.

On Monday night, the Hardin-Central C-2 Board of Education voted 7-0 to accept a petition to put a proposal to change the boundaries between Hardin-Central and Norborne on Hardin’s April 8 election ballot. It was among a handful of agenda items the board approved unanimously, including some items that were approved 6-0.

Hardin-Central Superintendent Martin Griffin told the board that former Norborne Superintendent Doug Carpenter had initiated the petition drive. According to Griffin, Carpenter’s point of contention was Hardin-Central’s annexation of part of the Stet R-XV School District when Stet closed in 2012.

“He’s accusing the Stet district of not representing the people’s wishes that lived in that area,” Griffin said.

According to Griffin, voters in both communities must approve the proposal by “a simple majority” (51 percent). If that were to happen, Hardin-Central would lose property. Griffin showed board members the affected area on a map.

“As you can see, it’s a fairly large chunk,” he said.

 

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