Mishawaka Schools not certain about pursuing another referendum

Will Mishawaka Schools pursue another referendum? Last fall a multi-million dollar proposal failed at the ballots.

On Wednesday, the Superintendent of School City of Mishawaka Dr. Terry Barker spoke at the annual Mishawaka Education Foundation Luncheon. It honors the progress made in the school system every year.

Last fall a multi-million dollar referendum did fail, and there was talk of closing schools and possibly trying for another referendum.

Dr. Barker says the district is anticipating budget shortfalls starting in 2018, once tax caps are set from the statewide circuit breaker.

Before the district decides to pursue another referendum, a committee of 40 people from the community will study some of the key issues in the district.

“We just wanted to be more transparent and just opened it up, and it will allow people to take a look at it with us,” Dr. Barker. “We are sharing even more information, and to answer their questions, as many as we ca,n and see what conclusions they come up with.”

Some of those key issues that will be studied this summer include finance, tax caps, educational programs and best practices in education.

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