GARY, Ind. - The Gary School Board has voted to close Lew Wallace High School and five other schools in a budget-cutting move.
The board voted 4-2 Tuesday to approve the closings to help close a $27.5 million deficit brought about by overspending, property tax caps and a low property tax collection rate.
The Post Tribune reports the board had received a recommendation to close one additional school but officials backed off the recommendation after a public outcry.
The district is struggling to find money to repair aging buildings, make its payroll and meet retirement payment obligations.
Because of nagging financial issues and poor academic scores, the Indiana Department of Education now manages all of the district's federal funding and is leading a teacher training program aimed at improving classroom performance.
Police are searching for a gunman after a person was found shot and killed on the city's west side.
No one was injured in a fire that officials say caused nearly $60,000 in damages Saturday afternoon.
One person was injured in a shooting on the city's northeast side Saturday afternoon.
So far, it's the coolest weekend of October. Warmer temperatures are on the way though!
Week one of high school football sectionals started Friday night.