- However, the board did approve moving the Casaday Costume Collection — as soon as possible — from the old Eggleston School building to the old Marquette School.
- As to the New Tech/Early College switch, the matter will be taken up at the board’s next meeting Nov. 7.
New Tech, in its first year, is currently located in a wing of Riley High School that was renovated at a cost of nearly $50,000.
Organizers have said from its inception that New Tech, which is its own high school and is not a program of Riley High School’s, would move to a facility of its own next school year.
Currently, nearly 100 freshmen are being served. Next year, 100 sophomores will be added. And each consecutive year, another grade level will be added until freshmen through seniors are served.
Carole Schmidt, interim superintendent, said the program will outgrow its location at Riley.
Currently, Early College, a program of Riley High School, is located at Studebaker.
The students in that program, which serves about 180 freshmen through juniors this year and will add seniors next school year, have the opportunity to earn free college credits while also earning a high school diploma.
Sixteen Early College parents and students spoke at tonight’s board meeting, all in favor of keeping the program at Studebaker.
After the vote on the issue was postponed, Roger Parent, school board president, said there is much misinformation circulating about what a move back to Riley would mean for Early College.
It would be a "school within a school," Parent said, with the same teachers the students have grown fond of.
Dawn Jones, a school board member, asked that when the issue is brought back to the board next month that data be supplied on how the program is doing, including the number of college credits that students have earned since its inception.
Meanwhile, the 65,000-piece Casaday Costume Collection will be moving from the gym of the old Eggleston School building into the old Marquette School building.
George Azar, principal of Rise Up Academy, which is at Eggleston, has lobbied for the collection to be moved so the alternative school students can access the gym for physical education classes and special events, such as graduation.
Carole Schmidt, interim superintendent of South Bend schools, said the collection’s move would be temporary until either a permanent home for it can be found or another organization acquires it.
It will cost some $6,500 to move the collection to Marquette and another $30,000 annually in energy costs to use the old school building to house it.
Candace Butler, the school corporation’s fine arts coordinator, spoke against the move, saying the collection should have a permanent home. Also, she said, it makes sense to wait until the comprehensive facilities study the board recently ordered is done in the spring before making a decision.
The board, however, voted unanimously in favor of moving the collection.
Putting the old Marquette building to use signals the school board’s intent, at least for now, to retain the building, which once faced an almost-certain demolition.
In November 2007, South Bend Common Council passed an ordinance establishing the old Marquette building as a local historic landmark.
At a meeting of the Historic Preservation Commission Tuesday night, a proposal to add the building to the National Register of Historic Places will be considered.
Catherine Hostetler, director of the commission, said earlier this month that the old school was placed under interim protection while going through the National Register process.
She said the move protects the building from exterior alternations and demolition without the approval of the Historic Preservation Commission.
Two weeks ago, the school board approved a resolution saying it doesn’t support the school being considered for the national designation because of the inefficiencies and additional costs to the school corporation some board members believe the designation would cause.
Staff writer Kim Kilbride: