EACS To Change Tuesday Redesign Vote

By John W. Davis

October 4, 2010 Updated Oct 4, 2010 at 10:33 PM EDT

NEW HAVEN, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) - Indiana's NewCenter has new information about some changes concerning Tuesday's East Allen County Schools redesign plan vote.

East Allen County Schools Superintendent Dr. Karyle Green told Indiana's NewsCenter the EACS Board will only vote on a portion of the redesign plan Tuesday night.

Green said she will enter the motion to chance to vote during Tuesday night's meeting because of the ongoing debate that surrounds how the district should implement the redesign plan.

The plan calls for closing six elementary schools in 2011:

Harlan Elementary, Hoagland Elementary, Meadowbrook Elementary, Monroeville Elementary, Village Elementary, and Woodburn Elementary.

The original plan also called for a vote to approve K-12 campuses in Woodlan and Heritage.

A K-3, 4-6 and 7-12 set up in Leo.

A PK-2, 3-6 and 7-12 set up in New Haven.

A PK-2, 3-6, and a 7-12 College & Career Academy in the Harding Attendance Area.

In that plan, 9th through 11th grade students at Harding High School would be transferred to New Haven High School.

However, when the EACS Board votes Tuesday night, board members will only consider the overall "idea" and concept of redesign.

Specific sections of the plan like academic programs and the reassignment of students will be voted on at a later date.

"I think the Harding area was one of the concerns we've had about the transition plan but that's not the only area," said EACS Superintendent Dr. Karyle Green.

"We've also had concern about how we fit two schools on Heritage campus right away. We've also had concerns about the New Haven transition from New Haven Elementary into Meadowbrook and Highland Terrace," said Green.

"So it's not just been a Harding issue. It's been an issue in several of our areas. We're going to step back and bring options to the board and allow them to decide how we're going to transition into the new program," explained Green.

Two weeks ago, Green reported the redesign plan would save EACS at least two million dollars in operational costs.

A final total of savings has been calculated at $6.9 million dollars.

Meanwhile, the district is still banking on an $8.2 million dollar tax referendum that will be voted on by EACS taxpayers in November.

However, after 2011, the district might not need at $8.2 million of that tax referendum.

EACS leaders said they will only ask for the actual amount they need for the district yearly budgets.

A vote of the idea and concept of the redesign plan will take place Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at New Haven High School.

Indiana's NewsCenter will be there and will bring you full coverage Tuesday Night.

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