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Second draft of Heritage plans offered EA board

October 21, 2011

    The first of several proposed construction plans within the East Allen County Schools District, involving Woodlan Junior-Senior High School, will move ahead after a vote by the school board this week.
    At a cost of almost $11 million, the Woodlan plan is large enough to be subject to a remonstrance by the taxpayers and voters in the East Allen district. The deadline to file a remonstrance is next Monday, October 24.
    However, school officials said that even if a remonstrance succeeds, the board has enough available money to complete the project to make the Woodlan school a kindergarten-through-12th grade facility, so there would not have to be a bond issue.
    A bond issue was approved in September by the school board that would raise property taxes by $8 per year on an owner of a $100,000 home.
    At the board meeting, architects from the RQAW firm in Indianapolis offered a second draft of plans to convert Heritage Junior-Senior High School into a kindergarten-through-12th grade site.
    The Heritage plans includes a two-story structure for kindergarten-through-sixth grade students and three junior-senior high classrooms. A science wing could be added.
    More details about the Heritage plans will be made public at a community meeting at 6:30 p.m. next Tuesday, October 25, in Heritage Junior-Senior High. After gaining community consensus on the plan, RQAW will present its cost estimate and a public hearing will be held by the school board.
    However, East Allen County Schools Board President Neil Reynolds said the district does not have money for the Heritage conversion, so it would likely be postponed.

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