Parents Are Still Sounding Off On The Proposed EACS Schools Closure Plan

By Scott Sarvay

September 22, 2010 Updated Sep 22, 2010 at 4:51 PM EDT

ALLEN COUNTY, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) - Following Tuesday night's announcement from the East Allen County Schools superintendent that six schools may be closed has some parents continuing to sound off.

Superintendent Dr. Karyle Green's restructuring plan calls for the shut down of Harlan, Hoagland, Meadowbrook, Monroeville, Village and Woodburn Elementaries, but investing $82 million into building projects to consolidate the district.

All 5 high schools would remain open, though Harding would become a college and career academy.

During Tuesday night's school board meeting, Green said the district also needs voters to pass a proposed tax increase in November.

Some residents doubt the plan will work.

Green says, “We've said all along that our financial situation carries a three pronged approach. That includes budget cuts, district redesign, and referendum. If one of those efforts does not go to fruition then we've got to lean a bit more heavily on one of the other areas.”

Monroeville Parent Steve Pfluger says, “So that when it does fail then they can come back and say well hey they don't want to pay more taxes, we gotta close more schools. I still don't see the benefit of buildings 82 million dollars in projects to save 1.8 million dollars in operating costs.”

Doctor Green has not yet said exactly how much her plan will save the district.

She will discuss it again during a series of public meetings. The first two are going to be held on Wednesday at 4 and 6 pm at Park Hill Learning Center. The others are next Wednesday and on Monday, October 4th.

The board could then vote on the plan on October 5th.

If approved, it would take effect in august of 2011.

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