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ELKHART — School officials say they are “devastated” and concerned about the effect on students after residents overwhelmingly rejected a request for another $122 million in property tax funding for Elkhart Community Schools.

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ELKHART — Crossroads United Way and the Community Foundation of Elkhart County are awarding grants to help enhance summer learning opportunities.

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ELKHART — Voters living in the Elkhart Community Schools district apparently have again rejected a school tax hike that school officials said was needed to help offset lack of funds from the state.

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ELKHART — With early voting taking place for weeks, residents within Elkhart Community Schools will head to polling places today for a final chance to decide the fate of the district’s $122 million operating referendum.

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ELKHART — National health recommendations say children need 60 minutes of exercise daily, but Jamison Czarnecki argues that’s not happening locally.

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ELKHART — The Elkhart Area Career Center is seeing continued growth in its early college programs as 6,900 college credits are expected to be earned by students this year, district officials announced on Wednesday.

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ELKHART — Elkhart Community Schools is seeing continual growth of dual credit programs for high school students, saving families more than $1.4 million this past year, school officials announced Monday.

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ELKHART — A city councilman is offering a $500 reward to anyone who can provide information that leads to the conviction of people stealing yard signs encouraging people to vote no in the Elkhart Community Schools referendum on May 4.

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ELKHART — Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary will hold its 2021 commencement service from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, May 1, on the AMBS campus in Elkhart, with limited attendance to follow COVID-19 safety protocols.

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GOSHEN — It’s been more than a year since the COVID-19 pandemic was declared and the need for help has not subsided within the community, according to nonprofit officials.

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GOSHEN — Bethany Christian Schools will host a groundbreaking ceremony for the new athletic complex on May 15 to mark the completion of the Great Strides Capital Campaign, a multi-year project organizers said would serve the Bethany community for years to come.

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ELKHART — The third round of coronavirus-related federal funding has been earmarked for area schools, with all again receiving a significant amount more than what was previously allocated, the Indiana Department of Education announced on Monday.

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ELKHART — The League of Women’s Voters Elkhart County and the NAACP-Elkhart Chapter will host a forum Thursday on the upcoming school referendum, the latest in a series of public discussions about the May 4 ballot measure.

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INDIANAPOLIS — A proposed expansion of Indiana's private school voucher program would be scaled back under the new state budget plan from state Senate Republicans, while still boosting the program's spending by about 25%.

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GOSHEN — Voting machines were tested Thursday and election officials were reminding voters of an upcoming registration deadline ahead of a special election focused exclusively on the Elkhart schools referendum.

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ELKHART — More than 1,000 staff members from Elkhart, Concord and Baugo school districts received a second dose of the Pfizer vaccine Tuesday, one day before all Hoosiers 16 and older were scheduled to be eligible.

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ELKHART — Elkhart Community Schools needs money to maintain transportation safety and attract and retain certified staff, school officials said Tuesday.

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ELKHART — Elkhart Community Schools leaders say attracting and retaining quality teachers and support staff is key to enhancing and diversifying programs offered by the district.

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ELKHART — Baugo Community Schools this week broke ground on a solar energy project, a move that officials say will produce hundreds of thousands of dollars a year in energy savings.

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ELKHART — Elkhart Community Schools will host a series of town halls urging voters to say yes to an upcoming referendum that would garner more than $120 million for the district over the next eight years.

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GOSHEN — Goshen High School may hold its 2021 graduation ceremony outside because of the pandemic, making it the first outdoor graduation for the school in more than 20 years, school officials announced.

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ELKHART — Student entrepreneurs will have an opportunity to enhance their business skills and gain some firsthand experience through an educational entrepreneurship program next school year.

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SOUTH BEND — The Ivy Tech Community College South Bend-Elkhart Campus has received a $2.5 million donation from Larry and Judy Garatoni to enable facility renovations, training equipment purchases and student scholarships.

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ELKHART — A proposed resolution that would have the City Council support the proposed Elkhart Community Schools tax hike on the ballot in May will be withdrawn because of a concern for the perception of partisan political interference.

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ELKHART — Local members of the Indiana Senate and House touted their accomplishments and faced critical questions about school funding Friday during a Third House session, much as they did during a similar session more than a month ago.

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ELKHART — Elkhart Community Schools has seen about a 40 percent turnover rate in certified staff over the last four years, according to school leaders, who see that trend continuing if the district’s upcoming referendum does not pass.

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GOSHEN — Due to improving numbers with COVID-19 in Elkhart County, secondary students at Goshen Community Schools will be returning to in-person instruction five days per week starting Monday, March 15, school officials announced on Thursday.

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ELKHART — Teachers expressed their appreciation Wednesday after hearing that Meijer pharmacy in Goshen would partner with three local school corporations to administer COVID-19 vaccines to all school employees.

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DUNLAP — The Concord School Board has approved a resolution asking that Gov. Eric Holcomb prioritize teachers and district employees for COVID-19 vaccinations by moving them up to Phase 1 eligibility.

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