The Elkhart Community Schools board of directors has approved a plan that includes unifying the district’s two high schools. In a nearly-unanimous vote, the board has elected to move forward with the Elkhart Promise long-term strategic plan, which calls for combining Elkhart Memorial and Elkhart Central into one "top-tier stand alone grade 10-11-12 high school."
Under the plan, Memorial would become the high school, while Central would be home to a newly-created "freshman division." Some sixth, seventh and eighth graders will be attending Central under a new middle school structure that also includes North Side and West Side middle schools and a new magnet middle school at Pierre Moran.
The Elkhart Truth reports the room created at the elementary schools by shifting sixth grade to middle schools would open up room for pre-kindergarten classes at the elementary schools. The publication also says the approval is "hardly the final word" on the reorganization, as spending will still need approval.
You can connect to a full outline of The Elkhart Promise by clicking here.
In April, our partners at Fox28 reported the schools have lost millions of dollars in revenue in recent years due to falling enrollment. At the time, estimates for the plan placed completion at $33 million.