FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – The East Allen County School Board, at its meeting Tuesday evening, opposed a new proposed jail that would be close to four of the district’s schools.
Despite the jail not being on the agenda of Tuesday’s school board meeting, members of the board made it a point to declare their disdain for the proposed site on county-owned land at Paulding and Adams Center Roads.
“This fight is not over, I believe that our commissioner has been posturing and so the fight is not over. So we still must continue to stand on behalf of those children,” said board member Paulette Nellem.
The board members were not the only ones to oppose the construction of the jail, as EACS teacher Derek Bethay started the discourse during the public comment section.
“I would like to implore this body of publicly-elected officials to publicly take a stand in opposition to that location,” said Bethay.
According to Allen County Commissioner Nelson Peters, the southeast location continues to be the “primary site” under consideration, but the commissioners are working on an alternate location.
A federal judge on a lawsuit against Allen County over overcrowding at the jail has ordered county officials to lock down a site for a new facility and hire more jailers. A status hearing is scheduled for Dec. 16 at 10 a.m.