Mishawaka School Board approves major changes for district

Board approves major changes for Mishawaka schools. // WSBT 22 photo

School City of Mishawaka gets the green light for major changes.

Tuesday the school board approved several recommendations made by the superintendent.

They come after a year-long grade level study of the district.

Some of these changes could start as soon as this calendar year.

You won't see many of the recommendations until the 2018 and 2019 school year. But the work is starting as soon as possible.

The board approved the idea to add a Pre-K class to LaSalle Elementary.

It would run from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

It's suggested that only 16 students will be allowed in that class.

Another change is keeping the sixth graders at elementary schools and try and build a second middle school.

The superintendent says those two recommendations are top on his list.

"We would begin looking for pre-school teachers and setting up classrooms and doing all the things that need to be done. The second piece on the land that could take two months it could take six months. It could take a year in terms of being able to put all of that together,” said Mishawaka Superintendent Dean Speicher.

The second middle school option could take about five to seven years to develop.

If the district decides to not build on land they purchase, then they will sell it.

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