LaGRANGE, Ind. (WFFT) - Lakeland School Corporation delayed making a decision about the closing of two elementary schools.
Lakeland, like many in northeast Indiana, is faced with declining enrollment and state funding.
Next year, superintendent Dr. Eve Merkel expects nearly a $1 million shortfall unless major cuts are made now.
That proposal includes closing Wolcott - Mills and Lima - Brighton Elementaries. Parkside Elementary would be home to Lakeland Primary, Lakeland Middle School would house Lakeland Intermediate and Lakeland High School would become a junior-senior high.
However, nearly 250 people attended the board meeting where the motion was tabled until March 25.
Part of that motion includes forming a community committee with three board members, five staff members (one from each school) and an unlimited number of community members.
The committee will make a recommendation to the school board on what cuts can be made.
Merkel said the goal is to avoid a referendum because a survey done two years ago showed it would not be successful.