Potential Closing Of Elmhurst Could Spur Relocation Challenges

By Jeff Neumeyer

June 18, 2010 Updated Mar 12, 2010 at 7:22 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, IN (Indiana's NewsCenter) --- The challenges associated with blending families may have to be dealt with on a grander scale next fall in the Fort Wayne Community Schools system.

Several issues could crop up, if indeed Elmhurst High School closes, and its students are spread through other district high schools.

School consolidations can be messy, and that's when groups of students from differing schools are combined into a building “new” to both.

Elmhurst students could well find themselves forced to re-locate come August to rival turf.

Elmhurst High School students and parents showed up in big numbers Wednesday, for a public meeting where they vented frustrations over the prospect of seeing their school closed, and students diverted primarily to Wayne High School.

The Elmhurst contingent lobbied hard for board members to back away from the closing, but in the end, there was a sense of resignation about what is coming.

President Judy Klopfenstein/Elmhurst Parent, Teacher, Student Assn.: " The students walked out of there pretty much with their heads hanging low. They felt like they were fighting a lost cause. There's a lot of programs that these kids have been together in, now they're going to be split apart, so going into another school is going to be so awkward."

The animosities could cut both ways.

Elmhurst students have made it clear they don't want to leave their school, and Wayne students may well feel put out to some degree, if in fact, this change is ordered by the school board in the next ten days.

FWCS officials declined comment on any major re-location of students, saying there has been no final decision on whether to close Elmhurst or any other schools to date.

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