Southwest Allen County Schools are starting a new school year Wednesday as more than 7,000 students head back.
This year brings new challenges and excitement as the district expands its buildings and programs in several ways.
One of the most noticeable changes coming to SACS is the renovation and expansion of Lafayette Meadows Elementary School. The $10 million project includes a new wing that will add 12 new classrooms.
Two new kindergarten classrooms, a new auxiliary gym, and an expanded parking lot will also be added as part of the project. A new traffic flow pattern will also be put into action to help make parent drop off and pickup run more smoothly.
The renovation and expansion of Lafayette Meadows is expected to be finished by August 2019.
SACS is also expanding academic programs throughout the 10 schools in the district. That includes the addition of a new preschool special education classroom at Whispering Meadows Elementary.
Additionally, the school corporation is rolling out a new curriculum pilot program that will test new ways of teaching and grading students. The idea is to provide students with more opportunities to learn new concepts and for teachers to try different teaching methods to reach students with varying learning styles.
The school district prides itself on its high-quality programs, extraordinary teachers, supportive learning environments, and strong parental and community support.
SACS’s last day of school for the 2018-2019 academic year is scheduled for May 30th.