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Elkhart Schools seeking feedback about dwindling student body, district perceptions, safety

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Elkhart Community Schools is seeking community feedback through a series of 50-minute focus groups.

As announced in September, Elkhart Community Schools has partnered with School IQ/SitelogIQ to complete a long-term feasibility/facility study. To date, the agency has completed a full evaluation and analysis of ECS properties and building assets, collected community input through surveys, and begun a long-range demographic study of the ECS district. With this work under way, the district is now seeking additional feedback and dialogue with community members through a series of focus groups.

Planned for Feb. 7 and Feb. 8, the focus group sessions will center around themes identified through the community surveys to gauge community sentiments about various areas of the district. Specific dates, times, and themes are as follows:

Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2023
6:00pm: Loss of Students, Families, and Staff
6:00pm: Public Relations and Community Perceptions
7:00pm: Trust and Faith in District Leadership
7:00pm: School Safety, Security, and Discipline

Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2023
6:00pm: Collaboration between Board and District Leadership
6:00pm: Developing/Improving Community Connections
7:00pm: School Facilities and Funding
7:00pm: Improving the Educational Experience for Latino Families

All focus group sessions will be held at Elkhart High School (2608 California Road, Elkhart, IN 46514). All focus groups will have Spanish interpreters available and the eighth group session will be in Spanish only. The focus groups are open to anyone, including community members, ECS families, and ECS staff.

Individuals interested in participating are encouraged to register in advance: https://tinyurl.com/ECS-Focus-Groups

Upon completion of the focus groups, a Key Committee composed of teachers, support staff, administrators, business leaders, civic leaders, non-profit leaders, parents, and senior citizens, will evaluate the feedback as one part of the feasibility/facility study. In addition to the focus group feedback, the committee will also have data from surveys, the building/facilities study, and community demographics, as they collaborate to develop recommendations for the school board.

Additional information about the ECS Feasibility/Facility Study can be found here: https://elkhart.k12.in.us/feasibility

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1 comment

Charles U Farley January 26, 2023 at 4:20 pm

It all goes back to the infiltration of leftists in schools, be it CRT in the classrooms, sex in the library books, communists in the classrooms, or grifters in the administration office. When you preach falsehoods and agendas instead of teaching reading, writing, and arithmetic parents will pull their kids and go elsewhere. That’s why the left opposes school choice, they prefer a captive audience to indoctrinate and a bloated budget to grift off of.

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