EACS More Than A Month Into Reconfiguration Feedback

By Megan Trent

July 27, 2010 Updated Jul 27, 2010 at 6:22 PM EDT

NEW HAVEN, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) - For more than a month now, administrators with East Allen County Schools have been hard at work planning the future of the district. A lot has been going on leading up to Tuesday's school board meeting, and a lot has yet to be determined.

In recent years, revenue reductions have meant cut backs for countless school systems across the state and country. East Allen County Schools are no exception.

In June Superintendent Dr. Karyle Green presented five district redesign options to the school board. All five included cutting jobs and closing schools.

Two weeks ago the school board also passed a resolution to seek a property tax referendum on November's ballot. If adopted, a taxpayer with a $100,000 home would see a tax increase of about $100 per year. The levy could raise up to $8 million for the district.

But even if residents vote in favor of the referendum, administrators say they still need to make reductions. "The redesign is for achievement and enhancement of our program," says Green. "The referendum will just enable us to be able to continue to put money into programs as opposed to operational costs."

The school board has been gathering feedback since they first received the reconfiguration options in early June and will continue to do so throughout the summer. "There hasn't been much talk related to the Magnet Plan or the Unification Plan, which is the one high school. People are generally focusing on what they like with the Community Centers, keeping all five high schools open, as well as the plans with three and two and how the schools look K-12, not just the high schools."

Residents are encouraged to call EACS administrators to set up community meetings where people can give feedback and receive further information. Green says she has been encouraged by this whole process and is optimistic about the future of the EACS district.

The school board is expected to make their final decision on reconfiguration this fall. The changes will go into effect by the start of the 2011-2012 school year.

Tonight's school board meeting begins at 6:30 at New Haven High School. Community members are encouraged to attend.




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