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UPDATE: Elkhart parents alerted to school changes

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Changes are coming for Elkhart Community Schools to offset a $2 million shortfall.  The changes will affect transportation, school hours, and several other adjustments for specific schools starting next school year.

Parents should receive a letter explaining how the following changes will specifically impact their children by May 22.

The district will not be replacing the positions of about thirty teachers and administrators who are retiring.

Eleven of the districts fourteen elementary schools will have new school boundary maps.  The school district says it will impact less than 200 of their 13,000 students.  If you'd like to see if you are impacted by the map changes, click here to see the new maps.

Current fifth graders impacted by the boundary changes will be allowed to remain at their current building for their final year of elementary school if they apply for a choice transfer; however, their parents must provide transportation to the school. Siblings of these "grandfathered" students will attend their new neighborhood school.

New start and end times are also being put in place for all schools.  Middle and high schools will see 10 minutes cut from their schedule.  They will have classes from 7:30am to 2:35pm.  Elementary classes will run from 8:45am to 3:55pm.  That increases the day by 70 minutes.

Spokesperson Jodee Shaw said in a written statement that the longer school day will provide more instructional time for science and social studies, as well as provide every student with at least one art class each week. Also, keyboarding will be added to the elementary curriculum. The new schedule will also allow for the continuation of the existing beginning band and orchestra programs.

The district is also eliminating busing for students on a "choice" transfer.  They can stay at their current school, but parents will be responsible for providing transportation.

There will also be a specific change to two schools in the district.  Roosevelt elementary will no longer be just K-2, and Hawthorne Elementary will not be just 3-6.  Both schools will now have K-6 classes.

The District says these changes will combine to offset the funding shortfall without increasing class sizes or cutting academic programs.

Parents who do not receive a letter from the school district by May 22 should contact the Student Services Department at 574-262-5540 or studentservices@elkhart.k12.in.us

 

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