Harding Charter Petition & EACS Transition Plan Update

By Maureen Mespell
By John W. Davis

April 19, 2011 Updated Oct 24, 2013 at 11:51 AM EDT

NEW HAVEN, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) -- A group of Harding High School parents and community members believe the East Allen County School district has failed their students, after reading an Indiana Department of Education report on student achievement at Harding High School.

"Did they try to improve it? Absolutely not and for them to say well we hired a principal that we thought was going to come in and turn this place around is ludicrous," said Fort Wayne NAACP President Paulette Nellems.

The state education report was created after a January 2011, visit by the IDOE Director of Turnaround Lee Ann Kwiatkowski.

"I feel like this board doesn't serve us anyway very well so we might as well go to somebody who has more authority so we feel like the state is probably our better bet," said Harding Parent Condra Ridley.

Meanwhile, East Allen County Schools Superintendent Dr. Karyle Green explained that the new magnet school will be just that, a new school.

"(The) College & Career Academy is going to be a brand new program, with a brand new set of teachers, brand new administration, and a brand new career path way and partnerships between business and industry and higher education," said EACS Superintendent Dr. Karyle Green.

Meanwhile, Harding parents can sign a charter school petition, Monday through Friday, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m at the Fort Wayne Urban League on South Hanna Street in Fort Wayne.

If you want to read the Indiana Department of Education report about their January 14, 2011 visit to Harding High School, click on the link in the related content section of this story.


The East Allen County School Board held a regular session meeting on Tuesday Night.

East Allen leaders revealed a new bell schedule and busing schedule for the 2011-2012 school year.

Elementary School students will receive an extra 30 minutes of classroom instruction every day next school year.

Those same younger students will also begin their school day later in the morning next school year.


District leaders also announced how long current Harding High School students will have to ride a bus next year.

Those students are being transferred to the district's other four high schools, next school year.

Students transferring to Woodlan and Leo will have 100 to 140 minute round trip bus rides.

Students transferring to New Haven and Heritage will have 60 to 120 minute round trip bus rides.

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