The Northwest Allen County (Ind.) school board has voted to move forward on building a third middle school in the district.
WANE-TV reports that the decision comes after several months of discussing possible solutions to crowding, including a third middle school and expanding Carroll High School in Fort Wayne.
Enrollment this fall was at nearly 100% capacity at the two existing middle schools, district officials said.
Feedback from parents indicated that they did not want the district to expand existing middle schools or build intermediate schools.
Superintendent Wayne Barker said the district’s next steps will be finding a contractor and an architect before establishing cost estimates.
Despite not wanting to add an expansion to an existing middle school, Barker explained why the district believes adding onto Carroll High School is in the best interest of students.
“If we went to two schools, we would have a smaller school without as many offerings as we would [want],” Barker said.
In the meantime, Barker said NACS hopes to handle the district’s overcrowding issues without resorting to modular classrooms.