Elkhart Community Schools votes for high school consolidation in new strategic plan

Published: Oct. 25, 2016 at 11:19 PM EDT
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Some parents say they're pulling their kids from Elkhart schools after the school board approved a master plan that includes merging Elkhart Memorial and Elkhart Central high schools.

The school district will use the strategic plan to move 10th, 11th, 12 grades to the Memorial High School building... And put all the freshmen at their own campus at Central.

Regardless of when the switch will happen, people have already made the decision to pull their kids from the classroom and find other places to teach their kids, rather than have them go to one consolidated high school.

On the flip side, there are people happy about the decision saying it's better for the Elkhart community to come together as one.

"We're going to give them that power of community," Linda Fine said. "I mean when you go to a Concord game, it's Condcord for Concord, and now we can finally be Elkhart for Elkhart and not be Central and Memorial!"

"Change will always bring opposition, but let me tell you something. Change allows you and me to look beyond the walls of traditions and grasp those things that is best for all of us." Dr. Plez Lovelady said.

"As a parent though, it's unfortunate that I'm going to have to remove my kids from Elkhart Communnity Schools," Julie Tyrakowski said. "Because I love memorial and I want my kids to go there. I will not send them to a mega-Elkhart High."

"My children will not attend a mega high school," Brandi Madix said. "I can tell you that myself and many others will in fact remove our children from Elkhart Community Schools. And when we do so, it will not just be our kids that leave. It will be the entire family."

The strategic plan stretches from 2017 to 2022, so sometime in the next five years, we'll have more information on the planning process of the new "mega-elkhart high school" as they move through the planning process.