Pleasant Center PTA Wants Answers From Fort Wayne School Board

By John W. Davis

June 18, 2010 Updated Mar 16, 2010 at 7:09 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) – The Pleasant Center Elementary School was built in the 1950’s, and with a student population of less than 300 children, parents will have an uphill battle to keep Pleasant Center Elementary School open.

According to the Indiana Department Of Education, the pre-kindergarten through 5th grade school, has a 17 to 1 student to teacher ratio.

Meanwhile, 67% of students attending pleasant center last school year passed the ISTEP test but that is 4 points lower than the state average.

The school is practically located in Waynedale, the same community that could lose Elmhurst High School if the FWCS board votes to close it.

FWCS officials say closing pleasant center would save about 500-thousand dollars.

Meanwhile, local PTA President Amanda Landers says her phone is ringing off the hook, with nearly 20 parents a day asking her for answers.

Right now, parents say their main concern is what's next for their students.

They are scared their children may be moved to schools that might end up closing in the near future.

Other parents say they're ready to transfer their kids out of the Fort Wayne school district.

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