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Two key decisions for EACS: redesign and referendum

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Monday, November 01, 2010 10:21 am
East Allen County Schools is at a critical point.Because of limited resources and rising operational costs, we know significant steps must be taken in order to ensure our children receive a quality education and our limited resources are used in the most efficient way possible.

I want to remind our community about two important decisions that will have a dramatic impact on our ability to achieve these goals.

The first decision was made earlier this month by the EACS Board of School Trustees to approve the redesign plan, which will reconfigure schools in our district.

Based on discussions and debate over the years, as well as the input from hundreds of community members across the district, this plan will continue our tradition of operating a high school in each of our five communities.

Along with budget reductions made in March, implementing the redesign plan will save more than $6.8 million in annual operational costs over 2009-10 expenditure levels. The redesign is most significant as it stabilizes our general fund situation and controls our operational costs with the closure of several schools.

The second decision is one that will be made by voters across the district on election day tomorrow. This is a decision to support a general fund referendum for EACS, which will enhance our education.

It is imperative that when students leave EACS they are prepared for college, work or wherever their plans might take them.

The revenue provided by the referendum will allow EACS to take major steps forward in this area.

For example, the referendum will support an improved student/teacher ratio, early childhood education and the continuation of full-day kindergarten.

It will support increased course offerings in each of our high schools, increased used of technology and greater opportunities for summer school and interventions with all of our students.

It will allow us to better meet the needs of our students in this era of greater accountability, higher expectations and increased demands by the state and federal governments.

We know that expectations for our students and our schools have never been higher. All of us who work for and care about EACS are committed to ensuring that our students receive a 21st Century education.

That's why the redesign plan and referendum are so important. Information regarding the redesign and referendum may be found on our website, www.eacs.k12.in.ius.

Please support our efforts by voting in favor of the referendum tomorrow.

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