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The Journal Gazette

Friday, April 26, 2019 3:01 pm

SACS to move forward on $169 million Homestead construction project

The Journal Gazette

Southwest Allen County Schools plans to move forward with the $169 million Homestead High School Construction Project, which officials said Friday will result in an essentially new high school building without changing the tax rate or raising local taxes.

SACS Superintendent Philip Downs made the announcement at a Friday afternoon news conference.

It comes after years of planning. In 2017, SACS hosted several community dialogues seeking input from the community about priorities for the next 20 to 30 years for the district's infrastructure, maintenance and capital projects/improvement plans.

"Results illustrated the community’s wish for a new/renovated high school but reflected their desire for the work to be completed without raising local taxes," the district said in a news release.

In February 2019, SACS introduced the Homestead High School Construction Project. Downs said the district has the ability to support the project without raising taxes.

“We have a community that supports education and our district’s efforts, retiring debt rolling off, good financial management, and a great maintenance program,” he said in a statement.