Commissioners support Horizon Education Alliances request
Posted: 09/04/2012 at 11:40 am
By: Angelle Barbazon
The Elkhart County Board of Commissioners unanimously recommended approval to make Horizon Education Alliance executive director Brian Wiebe and research assistant Aliah Carolan-Silva county employees. While their salaries would be covered by grants and Horizonís partnership with businesses, public schools and nonprofit groups, their fringe benefits would be funded by the countyís environmental special projects account, if approved by the Elkhart County Council later this month.
ďI think itís a very important project, and Iím hoping it can change the whole community for the future,Ē commissioner Frank Lucchese said.
The alliance formed in January to expand education opportunities from early childhood to adulthood, commissioner Mike Yoder explained. The Elkhart County Council is expected to make a final vote on Horizonís request at a special meeting Sept. 28.
Commissioner Terry Rodino described Horizon as a ďgame changerĒ for people living in Elkhart County.
ďThis is, to me, money well spent,Ē he said. ďI am in total favor. I like everything this alliance is starting, what itís done so far, and I like the speed itís moving at. I like all of the things itís encompassing.Ē