Public Comment Period Open For Lawrence County Independent Schools

(SPRINGVILLE) – On Tuesday, November 17, from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., a virtual public hearing is being facilitated by Education One for Lawrence County Independent Schools.

The public can attend the meeting live on Zoom at this link.

This is the next step in the process for Lawrence County Independent Schools to become a charter school.

If you wish to speak at the hearing, you will identify yourself as such in the chat feature (instructions will be provided at the start of the event). You will have two minutes to speak.

Lawrence County Independent Schools encourages the public to attend the meeting whether or not you intend to speak.

Education One will be looking at the number of participants to indicate the level of community support.

If you are unable to attend the live meeting via Zoom you can visit the Online Public Comment form at this link and leave a comment.

Local residents formed a charter school after North Lawrence Community School’s consolidation of four elementary schools and one middle school in January 2020.

“The choice for education and school choice remains with the parents,” said Albert Cross, Chairman of Lawrence County Independent Schools.

Lawrence County Independent Schools is a state-authorized, not-for-profit organization, which came into being in March of 2020 with the stated purpose of providing public education options for students in northwestern Lawrence County, as well as any other area student looking for additional choices in education.

Lawrence County Independent Schools is working with Perry Township to obtain access to the former Springville Elementary School building and open a K-8 elementary and middle school in the fall of 2021.

Perry Township Trustee Bob Phillips continues the process to acquire Springville Elementary School to keep a school within Perry Township.

The group had hoped to open this fall to provide a seamless transition for those students whose schools were closing this year, but necessary approvals were delayed by the coronavirus crisis, forcing a delay in opening.

The mission of Lawrence County Independent Schools is to inspire each student to reach his or her greatest potential personally and academically in a peaceful rural school learning environment by providing a challenging and life-focused curriculum.

Students enrolled in Lawrence County Independent Schools will develop essential life-long skills, critical thinking skills, character building skills, and knowledge to ensure that they will be adequately prepared to achieve success in high school and in an ever-advancing global society.

Perry Township Trustee Bob Phillips and Albert Cross of Lawrence County Independent Schools have been working together to obtain Springville Elementary School to keep a school within Perry Township.

“We are thrilled to reach this point in the process and look forward to working with Education One in the future to provide exceptional rural school choice options here in Lawrence County,” said Cross. “The Education One Charter School Committee still has to make the final approval but getting to the public hearing is almost alway just a formality. The twist this year for them and us is that I believe they never had to do a meeting virtually. That is due to COVID-19.”

Lawrence County Independent Schools can be found on Facebook; postal inquiries may be submitted to P.O. Box 27 Springville, Indiana, 47462.

For more information contact Lawrence County Independent Schools at