Friday, October 24, 2014

Public meeting about possible Elkhart schools referendum will still happen

Posted on Jan. 6, 2014 at 12:00 a.m. | Updated on Jan. 6, 2014 at 11:51 a.m.

ELKHART — Elkhart Community Schools will go ahead with a public meeting Monday night, Jan. 6 — even though a snow emergency status is still in place for Elkhart County.

Doug Hasler, director of support services for Elkhart Community Schools, said Monday afternoon that the school corporation is in a tough spot. Monday's meeting was scheduled to allow school board members a chance to consider a referendum proposed by Superintendent Rob Haworth in December.

“The process to propose the referendum and get it on the ballot is controlled by state law, with timelines that need to be met,” Hasler said, adding that public notices on the meeting have already been published.

He also said that the school corporation was informed that the county ban on traveling would not apply to those in the city limits of Elkhart who wish to attend the meeting.

“At this point in time, our plans are to conduct the meeting,” Hasler said Monday afternoon.

He said that it is possible for the meeting to be delayed and still meet deadlines set by law, but added that “it's time we don't think we could afford to lose.”

Other offices such as voter registration are involved in making a referendum official. Those agencies have a certain period of time in which they can consider the referendum before they take action, he said.

But what about people who want to attend Monday's meeting but don't feel comfortable traveling?

Hasler said this is a concern for the school corporation.

“We want the community to have good information on the projects, but I don't think we need to look at tonight as the only opportunity for people to get information about the project,” he said. “If there's not much attendance tonight, (the school corporation) will conduct a public meeting later so interested individuals can get information they may have missed from (Monday's meeting).”

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