By DANI BARKEY
Chief Accountability Officer, Warsaw Community Schools
In August of 2012, the Warsaw Community School Corporation completed a facility study to evaluate WCS buildings and develop a plan that would address the needs of the community while remaining focused on the academic achievement of students. This planning process incorporated wide-ranging community involvement with input from hundred of district stakeholders.
In an effort to combat overcrowding and aging facilities, the Warsaw Community School Corporation has proposed building a new Lincoln Elementary School and renovating and expanding Washington Elementary and Edgewood Middle School to improve the safety and functional capabilities of these facilities that serve Warsaw-area youth.
The aging Lincoln Elementary and classroom trailers would be replaced with a new school that would provide a safe, less crowded and technology-read learning environment for the children. The other project schools would receive student-based upgrades to improve unsafe infrastructure, crowded hallways and classrooms, improved security and elimination of dangerous safety issues.
At 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 20 and Wednesday, Jan. 21, WCS will host a presentation for the community in the Warsaw Community High School Performing Arts Center. The purpose of the meeting is to present the challenges faces by our school community and conduct a discussion of proposed solutions and the impact a possible referendum would have on the residents.
The meetings will be facilitated by WCS Superintendent Dr. David A. Hoffert, and will offer an opportunity for the community to provide input to the WCS Board of School Trustees on the proposed solutions. Comments and questions will be heard during the meetings.
Residents and business owners of the community are encouraged to attend. These two meetings, which will both follow the same format and offer the same content, represent more than two years of extensive community and stakeholder input and study. The comments and input received at these meetings will determine the next steps in providing learning opportunities for WCS students.