EACS Options for District Redesign

By Megan Trent

June 18, 2010 Updated Jun 1, 2010 at 11:17 PM EST

EAST ALLEN COUNTY, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) - East Allen County Schools need the feedback of the community when it comes to the future of the district. Superintendent Green proposed five redesign options at the School Board's meeting Tuesday evening. You can see the full document under the "Related Content" section of this article, or you can find the link to EACS' homepage under the "News Links" section.

All five of the options include closing schools and cutting jobs. It's a difficult task, and no one on the Board or in the Superintendents Office is taking lightly. The plans are the result of hundreds of hours of number crunching and committee meetings. But tonight there were only a few dozen community members who heard first hand the proposals.

What they heard was that enrollment is projected to decline by 1,000 students by 2019 based on housing trends and demographics. The district will also be faced with more budget cuts next year. The state cut funding by $2.7 million this year, and it could be up to double that amount next year. School officials also say many of the buildings are already being underutilized. If things don't change, utilization could fall even further... to 66% in elementary schools and 61% in middle schools.

To keep all facilities up and running "as is" would require more than $30 million dollars over the next several years. That's why Superintendent Karyle Green came up with five different options for the community, and school board, to think about. Green says she doesn't expect the Board to accept any proposal in it's entirety. It's merely a starting point for discussion.

Right now the project is in it's community feedback phase, which is why it's so important for East Allen County residents to speak their mind and come to a consensus everyone can agree on. The next meeting will be on June 15th. At that time suggestions, discussion, and feedback will be addressed. A second phase centered on programs and curriculum changes will also be presented.

The Board will likely make a choice this fall, and changes will be implemented at the beginning of the 2011-2012 school year. Those changes could be delayed based on what plans are adopted and how much construction or renovation is needed.

The five options for redesign are as follows:

Community Education Centers (Plan A)

Plan A would close Harlan, Hoagland, Monroeville, New Haven, and Woodburn Elementary Schools. It would include building three new facilities - Leo Middle School, Heritage Elementary School, and Woodlan Elementary School.

Savings: $8.4 million

Job Reductions: 73

The district would be as follows:

Elementary Schools:

Cedarville (K-5)
Highland Terrace (K-5)
Leo (K-5)
Meadowbrook (K-5)
New Heritage (K-5)
New Woodlan (K-5)
Southwick (K-4)
Village (K-4)

Middle Schools:

New Haven (6-8)
New Leo (6-8)
Prince Chapman (5-8)

High Schools:

Heritage (6-12)
Leo (9-12)
New Haven (9-12)
Paul Harding (9-12)
Woodlan (6-12)

Tri-River (Plan B)

Plan B would close Monroeville, New Haven, and Village Elementary Schools, New Haven Middle School, and Paul Harding High School. No new facilities would be added.

Savings: $8.7 million

Job Reductions: 81

The district would be as follows:

Elementary Schools:

Cedarville (K-5)
Highland Terrace (K-5)
Hoagland (K-5)
Leo (K-5)
Meadowbrook (K-5)
Prince Chapman (K-5)
Southwick (K-5)
Woodburn (K-5)

Middle Schools:

Heritage (6-8)
New Harlan (6-8)

High Schools:

Leo (9-12)
New Haven (9-12)
Woodlan (9-12)

Northeast/Southeast Plan (Plan C)

Plan C closes Monroeville, New Haven, Village, and Woodburn Elementary Schools. No new facilities would be added.

Savings: $8.7 million

Job Reductions: 75

The district would be as follows:

Elementary Schools:

Cedarville (K-5)
Harlan (K-5)
Highland Terrace (K-5)
Hoagland (K-5)
Leo (K-5)
Meadowbrook (K-5)
Prince Chapman (K-5)
Southwick (K-5)

Middle Schools:

Heritage (6-8)
Paul Harding (6-8)
Woodlan (6-8)

High Schools:

Leo (9-12)
New Haven Freshman Academy (9)
New Haven High School (10-12)

East Allen Unification (Plan D)

Plan D closes Monroeville, New Haven, Southwick, Village, and Woodburn Elementary Schools and New Haven Middle School.
The plan calls for a new, unified high school - East Allen High School.

Savings: $6.9 million

Job Reductions: 45

The district would be as follows:

Elementary Schools:

Cedarville (K-3)
Harlan (K-3)
Highland Terrace (K-3)
Hoagland (K-3)
Leo (K-3)
Meadowbrook (K-3)
Prince Chapman (K-3)

Middle Schools:

Heritage (4-8)
Leo (4-8)
New Haven (4-8)
Paul Harding (4-8)
Woodlan (4-8)

High School:

East Allen (9-12)

Paul Harding Magnet Plan (Plan E)

Plan E closes Monroeville, New Haven, and Woodburn Elementary Schools. Students from across the district would be available to apply for admission into the magnet school. No new facilities would be added.

Savings: $8 million

Job Reductions: 99

The district would be as follows:

Elementary Schools:

Cedarville (K-6)
Harlan (K-6)
Highland Terrace (K-5)
Hoagland (K-6)
Leo (K-6)
Meadowbrook (K-5)
Southwick (K-5)
Village (K-5)

Middle Schools:

New Haven (6-8)
Prince Chapman (6-8)

High Schools:

Heritage (9-12)
Leo (7-12)
New Haven (9-12)
Paul Harding Magnet (9-12)
Woodlan (7-12)




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