Community Reacts To Elmhurst H.S. Possibly Closing

By John W. Davis

June 18, 2010 Updated Mar 3, 2010 at 6:57 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) – Parents and students are sounding off regarding the news that Fort Wayne Community Schools might close Elmhurst High School next school year because of $15 million dollars in budget cuts.

School leaders say closing Elmhurst H.S. and Pleasant Center Elementary School would save the district about $1.9 million dollars per school year.

However, opponents say Elmhurst students have above average ISTEP scores and the school should stay open.

"I think it is a mistake. The money being saved is not great enough. Elmhurst isn't one of the schools that are in trouble with the ISTEP scores. The two schools in this area, Wayne and Southside both have ISTEP problems," said Jeff Calder, an Elmhurst Parent and Service Manager at COE Heating & Air Conditioning.

“Closing Elmhurst would be a mistake. The students will suffer that's why we put this up,” said Calder.

Calder was referring to a sign that he posted outside of the COE Heating & Air Conditioning office building that read “Closing Elmhurst Would Be A Mistake.”

Students also want Elmhurst to stay open.

“I always wanted to come here since I was little because my cousins came here. I play soccer here and I really don't like them closing because I want to graduate from the school I started with,” said Elmhurst Sophomore Reyes Zamora III.

FWCS will hold community meetings for public comments during the week of March 15.

A final decision will be announced on March 22.

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