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The Journal Gazette

Wednesday, August 09, 2017 12:00 pm

SACS eyes $40 million improvement plan; plans public meetings

ASHLEY SLOBODA | The Journal Gazette

Residents in Southwest Allen County Schools may soon provide feedback that will help shape the future of the district, particularly Homestead High School.

SACS this month will hold five community dialogues facilitated by IPFW to learn what the public wants to see for the next 20 to 30 years in its facilities, maintenance and capital projects plans.

The meetings begin Aug. 21.

SACS, which has nine schools, is looking at $40 million in infrastructure improvements, $15 million of which is at Homestead, Superintendent Phil Downs said at a news conference this morning.

"This is the time to look at the high school," he said.

The work at Homestead could range in scope, including a total renovation resulting in a state-of-the-art school, he said.

Downs stressed the importance of residents' input, saying district officials have an open mind on the issue.

"This is a community decision," he said.

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