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Feasibility Study 2022-2023

Introduction and Scope

In September 2022, Elkhart Community Schools partnered with School IQ/SitelogIQ to complete a long-term feasibility/facility study. Components of the feasibility/facility study include:

  • Building/Facility Study
  • Community Surveys
  • Staff Surveys
  • Staff Interviews
  • Focus Groups
  • Demographic Study
  • Establishing a Key Community Committee

Key Community Committee

The Key Community Committee is composed of teachers, support staff, administrators, business leaders, civic leaders, non-profit leaders, parents, and senior citizens. This committee will centralize data from surveys and focus groups, as well as evaluate data about ECS school facilities and community demographics. Following their evaluation, the committee will develop recommendations for the school board.



Between December 9 and December 23, Elkhart Community Schools sought feedback from parents/guardians, staff, students, and community members through a series of surveys with the following topics:

  • Trust and Faith in District Leadership
  • Developing and Improving Community Connections
  • Loss of Students, Families, and Staff to Other Districts
  • Public Relations and Community Perceptions
  • School Safety, Security, and School Discipline
  • Improved Collaboration and Communication between Board and District Leadership

The survey responses helped SchoolIQ identify themes in community perceptions about Elkhart Community Schools. These themes and community perceptions are being further explored through the use of staff interviews (January 30 through February 9) and focus group discussions (February 7 and February 8). 

Focus Groups

On Tuesday, February 7 and Wednesday, February 8, Elkhart Community Schools invited community members and stakeholders, including parents, staff, students, and residents to participate in focus groups. Dates/subjects of the focus groups were:

Tuesday, February 7
  • 6:00pm: Loss of Students, Families, and Staff

  • 6:00pm: Public Relations and Community Perceptions

  • 7:00pm: Trust and Faith in District Leadership

  • 7:00pm: School Safety, Security, and Discipline

Wednesday, February 8
  • 6:00pm: Collaboration between Board and District Leadership

  • 6:00pm: Developing/Improving Community Connections

  • 7:00pm: School Facilities and Funding

  • 7:00pm: Improving the Educational Experience for Latino Families

All focus group sessions were held at Elkhart High School (2608 California Road) and lasted approximately 50 minutes. Interpreters were available for all sessions.


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