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Old Kendallville High School gets new life

Board votes for Community Learning Center

KENDALLVILLE, Ind. (WANE) - Before a packed house, the East Noble school board unanimously settled the future of the former Kendallville High School.

The building, which served for years as the East Noble Middle School, became vacant after the district built a new middle school.

Much of the community balked at the original plan to turn the old building into senior apartments.

The school board also felt pressure not to tear the building down. The school system and the city of Kendallville agreed on a plan to convert the building into a community learning center.

"The board voted to transfer the building to the city of Kendallville," says East Noble School Superintendent Ann Linson.

"The city of Kendallville will only hold on to the building until the Community Learning Center secures its non-profit designation. Once that is official, then the city will transfer the building over to the Community Learning Center and they will have full control."

Linson says the Dekko Foundation earmarked $1 million to be used in the event the building were no longer viable, which would keep the area from becoming an eyesore.

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