EACS school closing list: Monroeville, then Hoagland

    It's all over for the elementary schools at Monroeville and Harlan.
    The East Allen County Schools Board voted 4-2 on Tuesday night to close Monroeville Elementary School in a money-saving consolidation plan. Board members Richard Allgeier and Neil Reynolds voted against the change.
    The vote on closing Harlan Elementary was unanimous.
    Several board members expressed disagreement with the decisions, citing other schools to be closed. After several failed amendments, the 4-2 and 6-0 votes were cast.
    Board member Stephen Terry was absent.
    Next fall, Monroeville students will go to Hoagland Elementary School. The redesign plan, however, also calls for the Hoagland facility to be closed eventually, with all its students sent to what is now Heritage Junior-Senior High School.
    The Heritage site will be converted into a school for kindergartners through 12th graders, according to the plan.
    Harlan students from kindergarten through third grade will go to Woodburn Elementary School and Harlan students in grades four, five, and six will attend Woodlan Junior-Senior High School, which also will eventually be expanded to handle kindergartners through seniors.
    The final decisions were in line with the recommendations of administrators. Officials said the decisions were made with building capacity, transportation, safety concerns and cost in mind.
    While the redesign plan maintains the district’s five high schools, it calls for eventually closing Harlan, Hoagland, Meadowbrook, Monroeville, Village, New Haven and Woodburn elementaries.
    It also turns Paul Harding High School into a career- and college-focused magnet school.