EACS Offers Detailed Look At Options For Redesign

By John W. Davis

June 18, 2010 Updated Jun 15, 2010 at 11:04 PM EDT

NEW HAVEN, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) - Options for Redesign: It's an issue that will affect every child enrolled in East Allen County Schools.

"I really don't think they understand what impact that is going to have for a small town like us," said Monroeville Parent Steve Pflueger.

Administrators have put five options on the table for board members to totally realign the EACS district.

However, the main question on the minds of parents, If my child's school closes, what school will they be transferred to for the 2011-2012 school year.

That's a complicated answer because all five options have different transfer alternatives.

Meanwhile, all five plans have one thing in common, at least three elementary schools will be closed.

In all plans, Monroeville Elementary School is on the chopping block.

When it was time for public comment, five of the six people who stood before the board represented Monroeville.

"They have talked for twenty years about closing this school. It's awful hard to build a community when you've been hit with twenty years of we're gonna close you down, we're gonna close you down," said Pflueger.

Meanwhile, the small town of Monroeville is planning a "Meet & Greet" event for board members and administrators.

The event will be held Thursday, June 24, from 6 p.m. until 7 p.m.

Parents say they just want board members to visit Monroeville Elementary School and listen to their ideas and alternatives to closing their only elementary school for seven miles.

Meantime, a decision on which option to choose will be made later this summer or early this fall.

The redesign plan will go to effect for the 2011-2012 school year.

To read each plan in detail, visit the EACS: FACING OUR FUTURE OPTIONS FOR REDESIGN link in the related content section of this story.

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