Zionsville Times Sentinel

February 13, 2013

Boone County examines poverty, ‘unsheltered’

By Sarah Lang
For the Times Sentinel

Lebanon — Boone County has one of the lowest percentages of children living in poverty in the state, though statistics in other parts of Indiana don’t tell the same story.

Emily Krauser of the Indiana Youth Institute gave a brief summary of the state of Boone County children Wednesday afternoon, Feb. 6, at the Lebanon Public Library. The event was one of three planned for the year by the IYI, designed to bring youth workers in the county together to network and tackle local issues.

Krauser shared that the percentage of children living in poverty in Boone County was 9.3 percent in 2011, compared to 22.6 percent at the state level. The lowest percentage, 6.2, belonged to Hamilton County, and the highest, 34 percent, was Scott County.

“I know all the stats are skewed because there is a big, big difference between Zionsville and the rest of the county,” Krauser said. “County-level data does not tell the whole story.”

But something that can help is looking at school district profiles, Krauser added. Zionsville Community Schools has 5.5 percent of its students on free and reduced lunches, a poverty indicator. Lebanon Community School Corp. has 42.2 percent free and reduced, and Western Boone Community School Corp. has 34.1 percent free and reduced. The state average is 48.2 percent.

“That is really telling,” Krauser said. “That’s one way to show the huge divide.”

See Wednesday's Times Sentinel for more on this story.