Breaking Away? New Haven Wants Separate School District

By Scott Sarvay
By Megan Trent

October 18, 2010 Updated Oct 18, 2010 at 7:39 PM EDT

NEW HAVEN, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) - The mayor of New Haven is making rumblings that city schools there might establish their own district.

Mayor terry McDonald says he wants to look into the idea, because he's frustrated with the plans to re-design East Allen County Schools.

McDonald says he plans to form a committee to explore the option that would improve the schools.

The separate district idea comes after East Allen officials announced the closing of six elementary schools to solve budget problems. Yet, all five high schools in the district will remain open.

McDonald says a two high school consolidation would have been a better choice, even if it was less popular.

An Indiana Department of Education official says the East Allen School District would need to approve any measure to create a new school district, although EACS Superintendent Karyle Green says she believes the process must begin in the judicial system.

Green says, "New Haven is one of the areas that almost has the most to gain from this, not only in facilities, but also education-wise. So, we're a little disappointed because he hasn't come and spoken with us, but we're just going to proceed and create a wonderful program."

This moves goes against a push in recent years for school consolidation, so starting a new district could be a challenge.

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