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School board draws the line

The only other outstanding issue is the size concern at Clarksville School. Clarksville parents met with Superintendent Les Loomis to air their concerns about the size of the school and ask if it will affect the school's performance and quality.

"I want to assure everyone in the community our commitment to make this transition smooth on smaller schools so they remain strong," said Loomis.

Clarksville is reduced in size by 42 students, giving it an 84 percent school capacity for the 2008-2009 school year.

"We really will do all we can to welcome these students into their new schools and to make that transition as positive as possible," said James Lytle, school board president. Lytle and the board will now be able to address other important issues, including an upcoming school budget, superintendent search process and school curriculum issues.

"It's hard to imagine we can put this issue aside for a while," said Lytle.

Doug Hamlin, president of VersaTrans Solutions, commended the school district for making the process so accessible to the community.

"Of the work I have done in this arena, this is the most open process I have ever seen," Hamlin said.""

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