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Elkhart and Concord school leaders talk post-referendum plans

Elkhart Community Schools will get $47 million dollars in the next 7 years, all thanks to two referendums that passed Tuesday night.

Elkhart Community School Superintendent Dr. Rob Haworth says the money will go to safety improvements, building repairs, and transportation upgrades. "We're really happy with the outcome of the election, and I think people will be very please to see the money is going to go to a good cause... to improve the environment for our teachers and students," says Haworth.

Haworth says the plan to start spending the money will be outlined at next Tuesday's school board meeting. He says he already has a plan for the break down of costs. "We're looking at spending $4 million year on transportation upgrades for 7 years, leaving us $19 million to spend on upgrades and building repairs," says Haworth.

Jeff Petermann of the Elkhart County Libertarian Party, who strongly opposed the referendums, says he hopes Elkhart Community Schools spend the money wisely. "I can see the school district, seeing how easy it was to pass this referendum, asking for more money in the future. Let's just just say, we'll be watching the schools and how they spend their money closely," says Petermann.

Concord Community Schools also got the approval of their referendum for $28 million by 80 votes - 1,967 to 1,887. Superintendent Wayne Stubbs says they won't see that referendum money for at least a year. He hopes the money will allow them to replace retired teachers they haven't been able to. "A lot of the money will go to our technology replacements. We usually replace on a 5 year cycle, we've now been waiting 9 to 10 years to replace equipment," says Stubbs.

Just like Elkhart Community Schools, Stubbs says plans to have transportation upgrades starting in the fall.
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