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Details of potential new NACS school unfold

Some students are being forced to go to class in temporary trailers. There's already two temporary classrooms at Huntertown Elementary, but the Superintendent believes a new school will fix the issue.

Posted: Jan 28, 2018 7:33 PM
Updated: Jan 28, 2018 10:15 PM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT)- With enrollment in Northwest Allen County Schools growing, and projected to grow by nearly 500 more students in the next five years, some students are being forced to go to class in temporary trailers. There's already two temporary classrooms at Huntertown Elementary, but the Superintendent believes a new school will fix the issue.

"We continue to monitor when the need will come for portable classrooms at three other elementary schools, and because we're running out of space, it's time for us to look at permanent space," said Chris Himsel, Superintendent of NACS.

The nearly $34 million project includes a school modeled after Eel River Elementary, upgrades to entrances of some other area schools, and safety and efficiency upgrades at all NACS locations.

It could also mean an incrase in property tax by about 13 cents per $100 of assessed value.

"At least from what the information showed today, they were being really diligent about planning and trying to make it the least impactful on our taxes as possible," said Jodi Koesters, a parent.

The school district is confident most parents won't see a significant change.

"It can have an increase for some of our property owners, but most of our property owners, or many of our property owners will actually see their taxes stay the same or go down," Himsel said.

A group of parents have even rallied together to spread the word about the new school, and push for others to vote, 'yes' on May 8th.

"Not only having the parents involved, but they can talk to their neighbors and people at their work about everything. So, just getting the word out is really one of our main goals," said Liz Smith, a parent, and member of Friends of NACS.

If the new school passes the school district plans to meet with parents in the Fall of 2019 to talk about how school attendance will change for each child. The school would open in the Fall of 2020.

If it doesn't pass they'll have to continue adding temporary classrooms.

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