NACS delays opening of Aspen Meadow Elementary School by 1 year

Northwest Allen County Schools was hopeful some areas of Aspen Meadow Elementary School would be complete enough to allow a partial opening.

Posted: Mar 25, 2020 1:35 PM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) — At this week's Board of School Trustees Meeting, Northwest Allen County Schools confirmed the looming question of whether the new elementary school would open as planned in August 2020.

NACS announced that Aspen Meadow Elementary School located at 2650 Hathaway Rd., will not open until fall of 2021.

“We apologize for inconveniences caused by this delay which will include the continued use of portable classrooms,” said Chris Himsel, superintendent, Northwest Allen County Schools. “However, we believe it is more important that Aspen Meadow be constructed to the specifications designed and communicated to all contractors interested in bidding the project in fall 2019. These specifications are based upon the design of Cedar Canyon and Eel River elementary schools. If these specifications are executed as designed, then Aspen Meadow should serve our community well by providing healthy and safe learning environments for children attending classes within it.”

Based on the information received by NACS from the general contractor, Aspen Meadow Elementary School will not be ready for occupancy by students for the upcoming school year.

In its most recent schedule, the general contractor acknowledged that the roof, gym, and certain classroom spaces, as well as the outdoor areas, will not be substantially completed prior to the start of the school year even under the best-case scenario.

NACS officials say they made the decision to delay the opening of the new school in order to "ensure the health and safety of students and to ensure a positive experience for all Aspen Meadow families."

The updated elementary attendance areas that were approved by the Board Feb. 13, will not be implemented until August 2021.

During the 2020-2021 school year, NACS says the current attendance areas will continue to guide the assignment of students to NACS elementary schools.

NACS says transition activities will be created for families whose children will be reassigned to a different elementary school in August 2021, and these transition activities will be implemented in the spring of 2021.

The school district says because the implementation of the updated elementary attendance areas is delayed, final discussions related to updating middle school attendance areas will also be delayed until at least fall 2021.

Implementation of updated middle school attendance areas will be delayed until at least August 2022.

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