The Ball State University Board of Trustees will meet Wednesday afternoon to decide if the school will take over management of Muncie Community Schools. The first-of-its-kind in the state arrangement was approved Monday by the General Assembly during a special session. If the board resolution is approved, a new school board for the local district will be selected by Ball State and put in charge of MCS July 1. The new board, which will consist of 7 members, will start in on a two-year strategic planning process.
The university has called the takeover a "bold solution" that demonstrates its longterm interest in the community, which President Geoff Mearns has said makes Ball State "uniquely situated" to help the cash-strapped district that is facing enrollment challenges and has been under state-ordered emergency management. A criticism raised during testimony in the Statehouse involves the change from a publicly-elected board to one appointed by Ball State trustees.
The university is licensed by the state as a charter school authorizing authority and it runs Burris Laboratory School and the Indiana Academy for Science, Mathematics and Humanities, which are located on the Muncie campus.