Mishawaka School Board considering cuts

By: NewsCenter16 Staff Email
By: NewsCenter16 Staff Email

The Mishawaka School Board may ask voters to consider another referendum that would help restore cuts they're considering.

A 28 million dollar measure failed in November which would have helped pay for desperately needed capital improvements at schools.

Now, school city is talking about making drastic cuts.

Wednesday night, the board discussed the possibility of transforming Battell into a centralized campus for all its kindergarten classes.

But, that would only save them about half a million dollars.

So, they're considering scaling back some program offerings and athletics.

That has some board members wanting to ask voters for another referendum ... In hopes that those changes would only have to be temporary.

“If the referendum fails, it fails,” said Larry Stillson. “But, we've got to try. But we've got to go out and do what we have to do to make this school corporation better. And just making the cuts is not going to make it better.”

“I do agree we should be a little more conservative and I would definitely get the word out more than we did last time because I don't think that happened,” said John Slaughter.

Several Battell parents spoke out, unhappy about the potential for their children to have to switch schools.

If the kindergarten center is approved, many current Battell students would be assigned to Liberty Elementary.

The board hopes to make a decision on cuts in March.

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