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City Schools considers name change

by MACKENZI KLEMANN - mklemann@wabashplaindealer.com

Wabash City Schools is asking parents whether the corporation should change its name to Wabash Community Schools to better reflect the district's student population. The corporation says about 15 percent of its students reside outside formal district boundary lines.

Parents were asked about the proposed name change during online registration.

“We have so many people that don't live in the city that are still in our schools,” said WCS Chief Financial Officer Matt Stone. The school corporation wanted to “see what people in the community whose kids go to our schools thought” about the proposal before taking any action.

Stone expects to have results from the question by Thursday afternoon. After that, the proposal may come before the school board, depending on how parents feel about the name change.

A pamphlet sent to parents says “we feel it is time to reconsider our district name and if it best represents the student population it serves.”

The pamphlet contains a map of Wabash County and the surrounding area, with red markers highlighting the number of students who live outside the school district. The majority of those students are coming from within the county, but a handful are shown to be commuting from as far away as Huntington and Peru.

About 300 students attending City Schools in the 2017-18 school year lived outside the corporation's boundaries, according to the Indiana Department of Education.