Mishawaka Superintendent recommends putting second referendum forward in 2015

Another referendum for Mishawaka schools could be on the ballot in a year.

The superintendent recommendeded to the board at Tuesday night’s meeting that the district take another referendum to the voters.

By law that can't happen until May of 2015 though.

In the meantime to keep the district going they'll have to borrow three million dollars.

Those are for some of the major infrastructure repairs, like heaters, roof repairs, and even fire alarms.

Superintendent Dr. Terry Barker announced they want to minimize impacts to the classroom in the meantime and will put off any major decisions like closing schools.

That's why the district will likely go for another referendum, this time hopefully with more support.

Dr, Barker says, “My recommendation is for a second referendum and we work very diligently to make that a successful campaign.”

Some cuts the superintendent did recommend include cutting some of the coaches, not paying for the school board's health insurance and selling any existing properties.

They will also save some money with a number of teachers retiring this year.

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