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Southwest Allen County Schools officials share plans for new Homestead High School

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA21) — Officials shared a plan Wednesday to build a new high school on the site of Homestead High School, a $176-million project they say won’t cause a tax increase.

School leaders sharing a list of reasons why they need to replace the school Wednesday evening, citing issues such as inefficient electrical systems and plumbing.

They also plan to increase the school’s size, saying they need a school big enough to house 3,000 students, up from their current 2,400. The school superintendent says now is the time for an upgrade from the 50-year-old building.

“We’re in a position where we have to do it now because of the tax structure,” Phil Downs said. “The charge from the community was make homestead as great as you can make it without having to raise taxes.”

Dr. Downs says debt has been rolling off the district’s account so they could move forward with the project by taking on new debt instead of asking you for a tax increase.

If the plan is approved construction could begin by end of 2020.

Jacob Burbrink

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