Mishawaka discusses school district budget, possibility of merger

MISHAWAKA, Ind. -- At Thursday night's Mishawaka School Board meeting, one of the topics discussed was a possible merger between the Mishawaka school district and another nearby district.

In November, the $28 million referendum, that would have gone towards fixing some of the district's deteriorating buildings, failed.

Superintendent Dr. Barker says the financial problems may be too big for the district to handle on its own, and one of the options for the board at this time is the possibility of merging with either Penn-Harris-Madison or South Bend.

Penn-Harris-Madison officials have said they do not believe a merger is in their best interest.  

The school board also looked at restructuring, including possible program and staff reductions, which school employees are very concerned about.  

"If I lose my job, I lose my home, and my daughter loses her school because we would have to move,"  says Janie Ewold, a lunch server with John Young.  


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