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Elkhart Community Schools Superintendent Rob Haworth addresses the crowd before a Yes4Elkhart march on Monday, Feb. 17, 2014. About 200 people walked two miles from Monger Elementary School to Elkhart Central to show their support for a referendum that would bring more money to the school's transportation budget, among other things. (J. Tyler Klassen / J. Tyler Klassen/ The Elkhart Tr) (Buy this photo)

Yes4Elkhart is a local group that's formed in favor of Elkhart Community Schools' referendum. (Image Supplied)

Doug Hasler Executive Director of Support Services leads the presentation for the bond referendums. The Elkhart Community School board listened to the public on a bond referendum Monday Jan. 6, 2014. Then passed the proposals to be put on the May ballot for the voters to decide if it will be funded. (Truth Photo By Larry Tebo) (AP)
Public can ask questions about school funds in upcoming meeting

Posted on Feb. 27, 2014 at 5:35 p.m.

The campaign group for Elkhart Community Schools' referendum, already powerful on social media, is now looking to get its message out to a different population of local residents.

Yes4Elkhart will have its first public information meeting on the referendum on Monday night, March 10, at Pierre Moran Middle School, 200 W. Lusher Ave.

The goal, according to Julie Bird of Yes4Elkhart, is to answer questions.

How to attend the meeting

Yes4Elkhart's meeting is at 6:30 p.m. Monday, March 10, at Pierre Moran Middle School, 200 W. Lusher Ave. The meeting will be in the cafeteria. 
For more information, visit the Yes4Elkhart website at

The Yes4Elkhart volunteers have been attempting to answer some tough and detailed questions they've gotten on the group's Facebook page. But some questions "are beyond us," she said.

"If you have questions, the people who can answer them will be in this room," Bird said of the upcoming information meeting.

Superintendent Rob Haworth and Doug Hasler, director of support services, will do a presentation about the referendum and the school's needs. They will also take questions.

The meeting is also intended to inform people who are not connected to the group through social media.

The Elkhart school board voted in a recent meeting to allow Yes4Elkhart to use school facilities to promote the cause. If a group forms in opposition to the referendum, that group would have the same privileges, as mandated by state law.

Yes4Elkhart is also collecting donations that will pay for printing marketing materials and postage for mailings. The money could be used for print and radio ads too.

"We want to be prepared in case there is organized opposition," Bird explained in an email. 

The group is consulting with people involved in the Goshen and Mishawaka school referendums. Goshen's referendum passed last fall, while Mishawaka's did not. 

Any money that's collected for the campaign that isn't used will be donated to the recently formed Elkhart Education Foundation.

Follow reporter Lydia Sheaks on Twitter at @LydiaSheaks