A public forum introducing the finalists for the next Muncie Community Schools board will take place Tuesday night at Muncie Central High School. During a special session last month, the General Assembly approved legislation that allows Ball State University to take over management of the local school district. The Ball State Board of Trustees will appoint five members of the Muncie Community Schools board, while the mayor and city council will each select one member.
The new school board will be in place July 1. BSU trustees will vote on their five selections June 25. Ball State President Geoff Mearns says "our goal is a diverse and complementary team that reflects the different perspectives of the community. MCS school board members collectively must have a passion for public education and Muncie Community Schools; a record of civic engagement and community participation; experience in fiscal management or oversight, operational management or oversight, and/or team effectiveness; and demonstrated leadership. The new school board will spend the next two years creating a long-term plan for Muncie Community Schools. The first year will be spent engaging with the community. The plan that is implemented will help Muncie and MCS thrive, not merely survive."
Ball State’s board approved the takeover shortly after the legislators and Governor Eric Holcomb approved the unprecedented arrangement. Tuesday’s informational forum will take place from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and it will be streamed live.