Superintendent Scott Miller calmly stated that the Hammond Community School Corp will seek another referendum in 2024.
November 13, 2019-Appearing on WJOB this morning, Hammond schools Superintendent Scott Miller announced that the School Corporation will seek another referendum in 2024. While it was widely suspected that the schools would seek another referendum, this is the first official statement from officials acknowledging that they are preparing to ask taxpayers for more money. Superindentend Miller did not provide details regarding how much the schools would seek and was unavailable via telephone at the time of this article.
The statement came during a conversation about the plan to close Clark and Gavit High Schools and to move 6th graders into elementary schools. According to Miller, that would save the district over $8M per year. The vacant buildings would be sold to the City of Hammond (Clark) and Purdue Northwest (Gavit) according to Superintendent Miller. You can view the full proposal on the School City website by clicking here.
Superintendent Miller acknowledged that at least one current School Board Member had repeatedly stated that Gavit would not be closed. In response to a flyer distributed during the election, Board Member Anna Mamala stated:
The comment was in response to a post from Mayor McDermott, who also stated that the plan to close Gavit was a lie:
Superintendent Miller also stated that the School Corporation was in negotiation with the City of Hammond to purchase a long unused tract of land behind the Civic Center for athletic fields.