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Thursday, April 25, 2019 2:05 pm

Homestead High School construction project moves along

ASHLEY SLOBODA | The Journal Gazette

Nobody filed a petition against the proposed Homestead High School construction project, which could cost up to $169 million, the Allen County Voter Registration office confirmed today. 

Phil Downs, superintendent of Southwest Allen County Schools, is expected to provide an update on the project Friday. School board members and other district administrators are also expected at the afternoon news conference. 

The 7,500-student district wants to replace Homestead with a new building on the same Homestead Road site at a maximum cost of $169 million. New construction would account for 75% to 80% of the school while the remainder would be renovated spaces. 

It would be designed for 3,000 students; about 2,400 students are currently enrolled. 

The board last month unanimously approved a resolution setting the project in motion, but taxpayers had a 30-day window to collect 500 signatures to trigger a referendum. 

Referendums can help school districts fund major facilities projects, such as new construction and renovations. 

SACS officials have said completing the project through a referendum would result in tax hikes for about half of the district's residents whereas taxpayers shouldn't be affected if done without a referendum. 

asloboda@jg.net