Fort Wayne, Ind. (WANE) - The second biggest school corporation in the area went back to school today. As Northwest Allen County Schools continue to grow, they will now have a new elementary school coming soon. They are also introducing a new safety feature, 24 school buses in NACS have been retrofitted with lap-shoulder belts. Chief of Operations, John Miller, told NewsChannel 15 about how this will affect the students.
Northwest Allen County Schools has risen to the be the second biggest school district in the area. With this growth comes expansion of property and improvements to safety. Lizette Downey, the Chief of Communications for NACS told NewsChannel 15 more.
Another new change at NACS is the principal at Cedar Canyon Elementary School. Courtney Vieth was previously the assistant principal at Carroll High School, and now takes over the role as principal for the elementary. Vieth told NewsChannel 15 she is excited for what this fall will bring.
Since NACS has seen tremendous growth over the past 5 years from 6,800 students in 2013 to 7,500 in 2017, Superintendent Chris Himsel told NewsChannel 15 about the new elementary school that was just announced. The school will be off Hathaway Rd. between Bethel Rd and State Rd. 3. The approximately 98-acre property will have room for future facilities if necessary.
Total enrollment at Northwest Allen County Schools in 2017 was 7,572 students. The school officials we talked to all agree that the trend of growth will continue to rise in years to come.