Proposed LMES Expansion Approved

Board Approves to Move Forward with LMES Addition
Posted on 12/21/2017

Southwest Allen County Schools board voted unanimously to move forward with the process to expand the at-capacity school, Lafayette Meadows Elementary (LMES).

Among other upgrades, the $10 million project will add about a dozen classrooms, expand the cafeteria, add an auxiliary gym, and improve the car pool/pickup configuration.

Enrollment has grown from 482 students in 2012-13 to about 570 students this year. After the completion of the expansion, LMES' capacity will increase from 575 students to 875.

SACS intends to complete this and other projects, including renovations to Homestead High School, without a referendum. Feedback from community meetings in August contributed to that decision.The district's tax structure makes the non-referendum option feasible. 

Taxpayers will have 30 days to collect signatures to force the Lafayette Meadows project into a remonstrance/petition process. A legal notice initiating that period is set for publication Dec. 27.

Expanding Lafayette Meadows, which opened in 2004, has “been in the back of our minds” for about two to three years, business manager Jim Coplen said.

The estimated completion date of the Lafayette Meadows expansion is July 2019.

View a preliminary draft of the proposed expansion of LMES.