EACS Holds Community Meetings To Discuss District Redesign

By John W. Davis

September 22, 2010 Updated Sep 22, 2010 at 11:46 PM EDT

NEW HAVEN, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) - EACS Superintendent Dr. Karyle Green hosted two community informational meetings Wednesday evening, to talk about the district's redesign plan.

On Tuesday night, Dr. Green presented a redesign plan to close six elementary schools.

The plan also calls for spending nearly $82 million dollars to renovate five buildings to "provide an infrastructure to support 21st Century education technology."

However, the redesign plan depends on an $8.1 million dollar general fund tax referendum to pay for operational costs.

Meanwhile, Dr. Green said her plan will restart the district's financial and educational standing with the state, so EACS will not go broke by 2013.

"The plan needs to be done," said EACS Grandparent Don Springer.

"We need to change. We can't afford what we have now. It appears to be another step in the right direction. It's up to the taxpayers with the referendum and the school board if they pass this particular plan. Hopefully we will all pull together and do what's best and right for East Allen County and all of our kids," said Springer.

"I support the overall vision of restarting or reinventing East Allen County. I totally support that. The way we get there, I still believe that we're still working on it," said EACS Board Vice President Stephen Terry.

Meanwhile, some parents are concerned that the EACS board will make a historic vote two weeks after the redesign plan was presented to them.

However, EACS board members said they have been working on this process for at least two years.

Dr. Green said when she was hired last year, the board told her that redesigning the district was one of her top priorities.

"On October 5th, when the board approves the redesign we will get all the information out related to exactly what the referendum will go to and we'll have until November 2nd to make our case with our communities," said EACS Superintendent Dr. Karyle Green.

If the redesign plan is adopted, taxpayers will have to decide if they support a general fund tax referendum.

Voters can learn how much money supporting the referendum will cost them by entering their assessed property values in an online tax calculator.

For example, a home assessed at $100,000 dollars will see an annual tax increase of $113 dollars.

If you want to calculated your estimated tax impact, visit the related content section of this article.

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