Concordia weighing future building options

The school has been near capacity for nearly a decade.

Posted: Feb. 7, 2018 8:44 PM
Updated: Feb. 7, 2018 11:20 PM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - Concordia Lutheran High School is trying to figure out what the future of the campus looks like.

The school has been near capacity for nearly a decade and the board would like to see an extra 300 students over the next decade.

School leaders are looking into three options for future construction projects, one of which includes a whole new campus.

"I would have to trust that whatever decisions they make are for the benefit of the student body," said Becky Rohde, Concordia parent.

Concordia Lutheran High School has been on the corner of St. Joe River Drive and Anthony Boulevard since the 1960s when the school moved from the current Indiana Tech campus.

Many classrooms have been added on since.

That's one reason parents say they'd like to see a new building.

"I know that for years we've needed some updates to some our music and drama, the auditorium side. I know that after years some things need to be updated in various parts of the building," said Rohde.

"As old as it is, maybe doing a renovation might be costly. So taking that into consideration they probably better start from scratch," said Donald Peas.

One option school leaders told WFFT they are considering is just across the street where the athletic complex is now.

If they chose to build there the baseball, softball and tennis facilities would move across the street to where the school sits.

Fred Zollner Memorial Stadium would stay.

"I like the spot so moving it over to the athletic fields and athletic fields moving over here, I think that's the direction I would lean toward," Peas said.

The third option would be to accept a land donation and build a new school in a field just north of Parkview Regional Medical Center.

School officials also said this is the option with the most unknowns.

"You might loose some applicants that want to go to that school if they're on the south side because they would take into consideration of the distance," said Peas.

"Like anything, there is tradition here being near Zollner where we've been all these years," Rohde said.

A tradition Rohde said her family will stay with no matter where the building is.

"We would stay with Concordia no matter what because we have a history here too," she said.

The school is still in the early planning stages and would like to continue to gather input from stakeholders.

The earliest ground would be broken for any project would be in two years.

The school plans to fundraise for the project.

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