Members spat loudly over aftermath of school’s closure

Sarah Janssen | The Journal Gazette

Heated discussion, which has become commonplace in the East Allen County Schools boardroom, erupted again Tuesday night during a presentation from the schools of the Harding attendance area.

The board heard about the feeder area’s school improvement plans, including student goals at East Allen University, a new magnet program in the district that replaced the former Harding High School that the district closed in 2011.

Board member Stephen Terry asked about the effects of closing Harding High School and busing students to one of the district’s four other high schools. He said he requested specific information about the academic performance of those students who were affected by Harding’s closure and expressed dissatisfaction with the information provided more than a month ago.

Board member Rick Allgeier was also skeptical about the reliability of the numbers, which included grade-point average changes, standardized-test pass/fail rates, and attendance and discipline rates for the overall population of students who left Harding to attend other schools.

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POSTED: 11/28/12 at 7:31 am. FILED UNDER: News, Schools