Democratic candidates for South Bend mayor react to future school closures

Published: Apr. 19, 2023 at 5:33 PM EDT
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SOUTH BEND, Ind. (WNDU) - Democratic candidates in the South Bend mayoral race are responding to the Monday night SBCSC school board vote that resulted in the future closing of Clay High School and Warren Elementary.

“Monday was a really, really day to actually grieve the City of South Bend,” said Councilman Henry Davis, Jr.

The Democratic mayoral challenger expressed several concerns at a Wednesday news conference that happened outside the County-City Building.

“Our children need space. They don’t need to be pushed into one building. Our children need an opportunity to grow here. They need the opportunity to be on sports teams, debate teams, et cetera. When we close schools, we lessen those opportunities,” Davis said.

Davis said he believes Mayor Mueller and the school corporation didn’t communicate enough on a major decision.

“If we continue to operate independently, we’ll be just right-sizing until we don’t have anything left,” he said.

On Wednesday, Mayor Mueller’s office noted in a news release that while the district and city government are separate entities under state law, Davis was the only councilmember to vote against a joint resolution between the common council and school board to expand their partnership last September.

In a statement, Mueller wrote:

Clay High School and Warren Elementary will close at the end of the 2023-2024 school year.