TSC parents raise concerns over development near Harrison High School

Some parents with kids in the Tippecanoe School Corporation are concerned about over crowding in the schools. This after finding out more than 1,800 new homes could be built near Harrison High School.

Posted: Jan 3, 2019 11:31 PM
Updated: Jan 3, 2019 11:32 PM

TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — Some parents with kids in the Tippecanoe School Corporation are concerned about over crowding in the schools. This after finding out more than 1,800 new homes could be built near Harrison High School.

However, it's not just one project they are worried about. At this month's Area Plan Commission Meeting, plans for a subdivision on 600 and north 150 west will be presented, that is one mile west of Battle Ground Middle School.

In that area, there are several other housing projects already in the works.

"High density student housing, apartment complexes, to residential type developments and specifically in and around Harrison High School, we're seeing a tremendous amount of growth," said Commissioner Tracy Brown speaking to the development. 

Brown said given the infrastructure already in place, development just makes sense. "Electric, water, sewer are all available in that area you have top rated schools in the area."

But growth means more children in TSC schools and that's a concern for parents like Noel Charshe.

"I want to make sure it doesn't come at the price of our children and their education and their safety," said Charshe. 

Charshe isn't against development, she just wants to make sure the school corporation is prepared.

"So while I'm hearing that TSC and APC and the county council are talking, I'm not seeing the time-lines marry up. I'm not seeing the growth happening now will be met with new schools in the very very near future," said Charshe. 

TSC responded to News 18 by saying:

"TSC is a growing school corporation and has been for more than a decade. The area plan commission works closely with TSC and provides regular updates on building permits and subdivision requests. The information is helpful in tracking growth and where it is occurring. TSC uses a multi-pronged approach to handle enrollment growth: close enrollment to non-residents, reconfigure internal building space, revise school boundary areas, commission portable classrooms, building additions and construct new facilities."

Charshe hopes area planners take a step back.

"We're not asking for a full blown moratorium, we're asking for a pause to allow a group of community members and APC members and TSC members to get together and make sure everyone feels like they're being heard," she said. 

Brown appreciates her passion.

"She's coming at this in the right direction, she's asking great questions, government works best when we have citizen participation."

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