Harding Students Can Transfer To Any EACS High School

By Maureen Mespell
By John W. Davis

November 30, 2010 Updated Nov 30, 2010 at 11:26 PM EST

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) -- Harding High School students learned their future at the Tuesday night East Allen County School Board meeting.

EACS Superintendent Dr. Karyle Green said Harding High School will still close and become a College & Career Academy magnet school.

However, previous plans called for all Harding students to be transferred to New Haven High School.

During the meeting, Dr. Green announced Harding students will be allowed to choose from all four high schools, Leo High School, Heritage High School, Woodlan High School or New Haven High School.

Green said the district will provide bus transportation for current Harding students.

EACS leaders said they have talked to state officials and shared that the state is prepared to take over Harding High School because of low Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) scores.

But EACS plans to avoid that by implementing their redesign plan, which will close Harding, remove all the current students, and re-open as a College & Career Academy for 7th & 8th graders.

Those new incoming students will attend that school until they graduate high school.

All public comments were done in a small group setting on Tuesday night.

Some parents liked the new setup.

But those public comments came before announcing the Harding transition plan.

That is not sitting well with some Harding parents.

"The opportunity for public comment has been removed and they need to hear that this transition plan is unacceptable," said Parents For Quality Education In 2010 Member Jimella Harris.

"You can't affect the educational outcome of a child without affecting the stability of the environment that the child comes from. So I'm looking at this as the chief concern. What are we going to do to actually care about the families and give the proper reinforcement that will allow an environment where a child can learn," said Community Activist James Jones.

EACS officials are holding an informational meeting for parents on Tuesday, December 7th, at 6:30 p.m. at Harding High School.

District leaders want student to decide their top two school choices by early January.

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Meanwhile, board members voted to close New Haven Elementary Village Elementary Schools.

New Haven Elementary was previously slated to become a 9th grade academy.

However, that plan has been scrapped because Harding students are now allowed to choose their next high school.




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