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NACS to build new elementary near other campuses

The district's eighth elementary, which still doesn't have a name, will be on the north side of Hathaway Road between Bethel and Lima Road.

Posted: Aug 14, 2018 9:28 PM
Updated: Aug 14, 2018 10:25 PM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - Northwest Allen County Schools is almost ready to break ground on a new elementary school.

The district's eighth elementary, which still doesn't have a name, will be on the north side of Hathaway Road between Bethel and Lima Roads, near Carrol Middle School and Eel River Elementary.

When the new school opens, seven of the eight elementaries will be within six miles of each other.

Superintendent Dr. Chris Himsel told FOX 55 that's a good thing.

"We like that campus feel because it helps us pool our resources when it comes to technology, when it comes to school resource officers, when it comes to first responders," he said.

Oak View Elementary and Perry Hill Elementary share a campus with Maple Creek Middle School and the NACS transportation department.

Parents who live in the neighborhood across from Eel River said their concern is what happens with their kids when the district redraws the attendance boundaries.

Himsel said they're not going to build a new school and not put anyone in it.

"When they are more clustered together you have a lot more options so we can balance class sizes, balance school sizes, so we can make sure we are meeting the needs of kids," Himsel said.

The new building will be modeled after Eel River and Cedar Canyon, with input from people working in those buildings.

The district is expecting to break ground by the end of the year so the new school can welcome students in the Fall of 2020.

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