MUNCIE, Ind. -- The Ball State University Board of Trustees voted Tuesday to accept the responsibility and takeover of Muncie Community Schools.
State lawmakers approved the proposal Monday during their one-day special session that would hand over management of the struggling school district to the university.
“Ball State has a long history as a national leader in education innovation and civic engagement," said Rick Hall, chair of the Board of Trustees. "At the same time, we strongly believe in the power of education and the collective ability of our community. Today, we have once again combined our talents and values in the most meaningful of ways – to better the future of the children in Muncie and Indiana.”
The university will now appoint a new school board to manage the district and Hall says they have already generated more than $2.9 million in private philanthropic support for Muncie Community Schools.
“I am encouraged and energized that our University now has the opportunity to lead a community-wide partnership to improve the educational experiences for all of the children in Muncie," said Muncie Community Schools President Geoffrey S. Mearns. "The future of our University and the future of our city are dependent upon the success of MCS. Today, we are now united to secure a brighter future for all of us.”