EACS Could Close Six Elementary Schools

By John W. Davis

September 21, 2010 Updated Sep 22, 2010 at 9:58 AM EDT

NEW HAVEN, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) - Six East Allen County Elementary Schools could close as a part of the district's redesign plan.

EACS Superintendent Doctor Karyle Green presented a detailed plan to the EACS Board Tuesday night.

In her proposal, Harlan Elementary, Hoagland Elementary, Meadowbrook Elementary, Monroeville Elementary, Village Elementary, and Woodburn Elementary would all close.

However, the plan would not be implemented until August 2011.

Meanwhile, Dr. Green's plan calls for nearly $82 million dollars in building projects to aid in consolidating the EACS district.

Heritage, New Haven, Paul Harding and Woodlan would all see renovations or new buildings.

All five high schools would remain open, but Harding High School would become a College & Career Academy.

Meanwhile, Doctor Green said without this plan the district would be broke by 2013.

However, the redesign plan alone will not correct the district's financial problems.

The entire redesign plan hinges on an $8.1 million dollar tax referendum on November's ballot.

"We've said all along that our financial situation carries a three pronged approach. That includes budget cuts, district redesign, and referendum. If one of those efforts does not go to fruition then we've got to lean a bit more heavily on one of the other areas.," said East Allen County Schools Superintendent Dr. Karyle Green.

"I think it's very idealistic their whole proposal is most idealistic and finding out at the end that it is dependent upon the referendum, I think they can just as well toss it, because I don't support the referendum at all," said Harding Parent & PTA Member Condra Ridley.

"When it does fail then they can come back and say well hey they don't want to pay more taxes, we gotta close more schools. I still don't see the benefit of buildings 82 million dollars in projects to save 1.8 million dollars in operating costs," said Monroeville Parent Steve Pfluger.

Meanwhile, Dr. Green is hosting six information meetings over the next two weeks at the Park Hill Learning Center on 1000 Prospect Avenue in New Haven.

The meetings times are as follows:

- Wednesday, September 22, 4 p.m.
- Wednesday, September 22, 6 p.m.
- Wednesday, September 29, 4 p.m.
- Wednesday, September 29, 6 p.m.
- Monday, October 4, 4 p.m.
- Monday, October 4, 6 p.m.

EACS district officials are still crunching numbers to figure out how much money the district redesign plan would save.

However, Dr. Karyle Green said EACS would save about two million dollars in operating costs with her redesign plan.

A final vote on the EACS Redesign Plan could come as early as, Tuesday, October 5 at the next EACS Board Meeting.

To view the EACS Redesign powerpoint presentation, visit the related content section of this story.

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