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NACS still to obtain property for new school

July 31, 2018

Northwest Allen County Schools has yet to secure a site for the new elementary school voters approved nearly three months ago, but the superintendent isn’t worried.

There’s still time to meet the goal of breaking ground before next June, Chris Himsel said after a school board meeting Monday.

About 76 percent of voters supported a $33.98 million May ballot measure that, along with building Northwest Allen’s eighth elementary school, included safety and efficiency improvements districtwide.

The new school is expected to open fall 2020, barring any unforeseen delays.

District leaders have remained tight-lipped about potential sites as they have continued negotiations and ensure every detail is in order : which might happen soon.

“We’re close,” Himsel said.

The process is a “test in patience,” spokeswoman Lizette Downey added.

The district’s existing elementary buildings need the relief a new school will provide. Elementary school enrollment has increased by more than 500 students since Eel River Elementary School opened nearly a decade ago, and projections indicate the enrollment trend will continue.

Portable classrooms are among the methods Northwest Allen has used to accommodate growth. Huntertown Elementary School added two portable classrooms last academic year. This year, additional units will bring the temporary classroom space to four.

In other business Monday, the school board approved Jeremy Yates as assistant principal at Carroll High School. He previously served as dean of students.

He fills a vacancy created by Courtney Veith, who earlier this summer was named principal at Cedar Canyon Elementary School.

Yates thanked the board and said he is excited to get started.

asloboda@jg.net

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