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NACS considering building district's eighth elementary school

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (ABC 21) -- Northwest Allen County Schools' Superintendent Chris Himsel says several of their elementary schools are at or over capacity.

He says based off a demographic study the school board started looking at two years ago, they are now looking to present plans for a new elementary school to the community.

"It's now time to take it to our community, have some community meetings, get some feedback and tweak those plans so we make sure we are meeting the needs of our community," said Himsel.

According to Himsel, Huntertown Elementary has been using portable classrooms. He says in order to keep their class sizes down they need to start looking into new spaces for new classrooms.

"That is when we start getting into the effectiveness of what we can do for kids, particularly at the kindergarten, first and second grade level. We want to keep classes in that 20 to 24 range so they can get the individual help they need so they have a real solid foundation," said Himsel. "We're just on a trend where we're probably going to be adding more portable classrooms each of the next two to three years. It's time for us to start looking at permanent spaces because this isn't just a bubble. This is an ongoing, continuous and sustainable enrollment."

Himsel says despite rumors, there are no plans for a new high school at this time.

"There is nothing within the current demographic study that suggests we need to do anything major at the high school level for at least another decade, possibly two decades," said Himsel.

Adding that at this point in time the district hasn't purchased any property to build on, and they don't know exactly where the new school would go; However, the board voted unanimously to hire an architect to start drawing up plans for a new building.

NACS will hold community meetings in late October and throughout November to present ideas to the public and listen to feedback.

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