Board President GiaQuinta: Elmhurst High School Will Close

By John W. Davis

June 18, 2010 Updated Mar 21, 2010 at 5:54 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) - Fort Wayne Community School Board President Mark GiaQuinta says Elmhurst High School will close.

The announcement was made Saturday morning as GiaQuinta spoke to dozen of community members at the State of the 6th District Address hosted by 6th District Councilman Glynn Hines.

"Its been difficult and its not going to get any easier Monday night.
But the board is going to do the right thing for the community, for the taxpayers but mainly for the students because when these students from Elmhurst after Monday night end up in a new school, they'll be at a high school that won't have just four advanced placement courses," said FWCS Board President Mark GiaQuinta.

"They'll be at a school that will have twice that number because we will be able to allocate more teachers based on student population and we will save the money that will allow us to get through the rest of the school year," said GiaQuinta.

Elmhurst supporters say GiaQuinta's statement makes them wonder if the public meetings served any purpose at all.

"I believe Mr. GiaQuinta is counting on the board voting the way he wants them to vote Monday night. I'm afraid they probably will. What comes after that... well the fight will continue," said Mark Junk, the co-creator of Saveelmhurst.com.

The FWCS Board will take an official vote Monday night at the Grile Administration Building.

Regardless of Monday's vote, Elmhurst High School will remain open for the rest of the school year.

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