Easing the Transition For Former Harding Students

By Peter Ambrose

August 17, 2011 Updated Aug 17, 2011 at 6:27 AM EST

NEW HAVEN, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) - Steps have been to welcome students from the now-shuttered Harding High School to their new schools as the East Allen County School system kicks off the new year today.

Harding closed in June as EACS officials implement the district's redesign plan. Harding is set to re-open as a magnet school next year, but the students who ended the 2010-2011 year there won't return.

They have been transferred to the district's four other high schools. But their alma mater won't be forgotten.

New Haven High School's principal, Greg Mohler, told Indiana's NewsCenter Today students will get new shirts today. They combine New Haven's signature purple color with Harding's green, and the words "Hawks & Dawgs" into one word to signify solidarity with the incoming Harding students.

Mohler also said they spent the summer getting New Haven High ready for the influx of nearly 300 new students for this school year. That means New Haven will now hold about 1,200 students. 18 new staff members were hired to help handle the larger student body.

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