HAMILTON, Ind. (WFFT) - Hamilton Community Schools is now looking at all options after an operating referendum failed.
Taxpayers turned down the district's proposed tax increase with 55 percent of voters saying "no."
One of those options is consolidating with neighboring schools.
"I feel this town is betraying its youth," said Gingy Harshey-Meade, who supported the referendum. "Part of the commitment the community makes is to educate its youth. Now they are deciding they don't need the youth in the community, they should ship them off someplace else."
Harshey-Meade said she was surprised the community is at the point it could loose its school district.
"I thought this was a wonderful community to raise children in with their own school system," she said.
However, the school board still has more options.
"They could try for another referendum in November, maybe for a lesser amount," said Tony Cassel, superintendent.
Harshey-Meade is holding out hope another referendum would pass.
"I just think we need to explain it better and talk about the commitment the community makes to the education of the youth," Harshey-Meade said.
"To think that might very well be coming to an end just really leaves me speechless," said Cassel.
Cassel said Hamilton Community Schools has enough money to keep the district open through next school year when the current operating referendum expires.