NACS, SACS students head back-to-school

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – Students in the Northwest Allen and Southwest Allen school districts head back to the classroom today.

Northwest Allen County Schools, with just under 7,000 students, starts the new school year after posting its highest ever ISTEP+ scores. 86.5 percent of students taking the test passed the test, almost 12 percent higher than the state average.

NACS also welcomes three new administrators. Three district principals retired at the end of the last school year.

At SACS, a district with approximately 7,000 students, minor renovations took place at several buildings. Aboite Elementary School has a redesigned front entrance which now provides a secure entrance into the building.

The district is also implementing more technology to be used by students while at home. SACS Superintendent Dr. Philip Downs said the district will use at-home schooling for four days with students at Homestead High School. Downs said students will get materials from the computer while teachers are in the building for professional development. Downs also said students will be able to make up snow days at home using eLearning instead of making up days at the end of the school year.

Downs, who takes over for retired Superintendent Dr. Steve Yager, also cautioned parents about road constructions throughout the district. Downs said district officials will do their best to notify parents of construction and when it might impact traffic flow and bus routes.

Click the video above to hear from superintendents of both school districts.

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