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Friday, May 10, 2019 1:00 am

East Allen takes next actions for New Haven

Board advances moving, reconfiguring of schools

ASHLEY SLOBODA | The Journal Gazette

East Allen County Schools checked another box Thursday as it prepares to reconfigure and relocate schools in New Haven.

The school board approved four bookkeeping items related to the upcoming intertwined changes to New Haven Intermediate, New Haven Middle, New Haven High and East Allen Alternative schools.

New Haven High School will be renamed New Haven Junior-Senior High School with the addition of seventh and eighth grades next academic year.

Those grade levels are being redistributed from the middle school on Prospect Avenue, which will be razed in June. Sixth grade will move to the intermediate school, joining grades 3 through 5.

With the construction of a new intermediate school at 919 Homestead Drive, the intermediate building at 1065 Woodmere Drive will be vacated.

The alternative school will move to the Woodmere Drive site from the Administration Annex building, 800 Homestead Drive.

Vice President Chris Baker stressed the set of action items was “just a clerical thing we have to do for the state.”

The board also awarded the asbestos removal work at New Haven Middle School to Protechs Inc. for a cost of about $123,372. The district earmarked $125,000 for the abatement project, said Kirby Stahly, assistant superintendent of administrative services.

The district needs to address the asbestos removal before the building can be demolished, according to the district.

Final walk-throughs of the middle school – previously New Haven High School – are planned from 3 to 7 p.m. June 1. A related event will run from 5 to 9 p.m. at nearby Schnelker Park. Cost is $20 and includes food, music and a souvenir brick from the school. Go to runsignup.com and search “Bulldog Bash” for more information.

In other business, the food service director shared a proposal to implement a program that will provide free meals to all students at select schools.

“This is what Fort Wayne Community Schools does,” said Dan Krleski, the director.

Under the Community Eligibility Provision program, meals at participating schools will be reimbursed by the federal government. This applies to the basic breakfasts and lunches, not a la carte items, Krleski said.

He is recommending implementation at Heritage Elementary, Heritage Junior-Senior High, Paul Harding Junior High, East Allen University, Prince Chapman Academy, Southwick Elementary, East Allen Alternative, New Haven Junior-Senior High, New Haven Intermediate and New Haven Primary.

The board is expected to vote on the matter May 21.

asloboda@jg.net