WCS To Hold Community Forums On Facility Proposals

Warsaw Community Schools will hold two community forums on a facility proposal and community impact.
The meetings will be tonight, Jan. 20 and tomorrow, Jan. 21 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Warsaw Community High School Performing Arts Center.
In August 2012, Warsaw Community School Corp. completed a facility study to evaluate WCS buildings and develop a plan that would address the needs of the community while remaining focused on the academic achievement of students, according to a press release from WCS. This planning process incorporated wide-ranging community involvement with input from hundreds of district stakeholders.
In an effort to combat overcrowding and aging facilities, WCS has proposed building a new Lincoln Elementary School and renovating and expanding Washington Elementary and Edgewood Middle School to improve the safety and functional capabilities of these facilities that serve Warsaw-area youth, the release states. The aging Lincoln and classroom trailers would be replaced with a new school that would provide a safe, less crowded and technology-ready learning environment for the children, according to the release. The other project schools would receive student-based upgrades to improve unsafe infrastructure, crowded hallways and classrooms, improved security and elimination of dangerous safety issues.
The purpose of the meetings Jan. 20 and 21 is to present the challenges faced by the school community and conduct a discussion of proposed solutions and the impact a possible referendum would have on residents.
The meetings will be facilitated by Dr. David A. Hoffert, WCS superintendent, and will offer an opportunity for the community to provide input to the WCS Board of School Trustees on the proposed solutions. Comments and questions will be heard during the meetings.
Residents and business owners of the community are encouraged to attend, the release states. These two meetings, which will both follow the same format and offer the same content, represent more than two years of extensive community and stakeholder input and study. The comments and input received at these meetings will determine the next steps in providing learning opportunities for WCS students.

(Story By The Times Union)