Mishawaka schools referendum could be on 2015 ballot

By: NewsCenter 16 Staff Email
By: NewsCenter 16 Staff Email
In the meantime, to keep the district going, they

(MGN Online)

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

That was the recommendation the superintendent made to the board.

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

In the meantime, to keep the district going, they'll have to borrow $3 million.

That money would go toward major infrastructure repairs like heaters, roof repairs and 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, they say, hopefully with more support.

“With everything put together, members of the board, my recommendation is for a second referendum and we work very diligently to make that a successful, successful campaign,” said Barker.

The superintendent did recommend some cuts that included some coaches, not paying for the school board's health insurance and selling any existing properties.

They will also save money with teachers retiring after this year.

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