South Bend Community School Corporation

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Officials from the South Bend Community School Corporation are reconsidering their reopening plan after hundreds of teachers and parents expressed their concerns over the past week. School Officials discussed alternatives to their original plan during a meeting Monday night.

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Voters passed the South Bend Community Schools' $220 million referendum during Tuesday’s primary. The unofficial vote results were posted Wednesday afternoon by the St. Joseph County Clerk’s office.

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More than a dozen school districts in Indiana are asking voters to approve funding for construction projects, general operating costs, or both, during the June 2 primary. 

School districts across the state are asking voters to approve a total of 18 referendum questions. A referendum allows schools to collect a certain amount of property tax funding above the property tax caps put in place by lawmakers in 2008.

South Bend Schools Use WiFi Buses to Keep Students Learning

Mar 26, 2020
Map by: South Bend Community School Corporation


For the last week or more schools across the country have been closed. Many students have been taking their classes online, including some students in South Bend who get the internet for those classes from a school bus.

South Bend Community Schools got some of their buses outfitted as WiFi hotspots so they could be deployed during snow day elearning this school year. When school was closed for the coronavirus, the buses were ready to roll.

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The South Bend Empowerment Zone shared some future plans for its schools and teachers at a meeting Thursday. One plan that would remove some teachers from the union was met with opposition.

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Any kindergartner enrolling in South Bend Schools next year will need to have a blood lead test done.

Kids going to public schools already have to have certain vaccines and the district recommends that kids have physicals, and eye and dental exams. The lead test is a new addition made possible by a state provision. 

Sue Cullen is the School Nurse Manager for South Bend. She said the test before kindergarten should catch kids that haven’t been tested before.

The main entrance of Washington High School in the snow.
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The South Bend Community School Corporation board likely won’t partner with a new charter from Purdue University coming to the city. A recommendation on Monday night’s school board agenda would take an innovation agreement off the table for the coming school year.

The South Bend Community School Corporation is holding two community meetings today to discuss a possible innovation school within Washington High School. 


Community education advocates gathered Saturday to discuss the Purdue Polytechnic Charter High School coming to South Bend.


Purdue was granted a charter by the state to open a Purdue Polytechnic charter high school in South Bend. There are two Purdue Polytechnic High Schools operating in Indianapolis. 

What’s up for debate is whether or not Purdue will partner with South Bend Community Schools to make the charter an innovation school that would operate within Washington High School as a STEM focused program.

The South Bend School Board is holding a public meeting Thursday night to begin the process of filling a vacancy left by District 4 trustee Dawn Jones. Jones left the position to be South Bend’s city Clerk.

The South Bend Schools new superintendent met with parents, teachers, and community members Wednesday morning for the first “Talks with Todd.”

“Talks with Todd” are an opportunity for anyone to share issues or ideas with South Bend Schools Superintendent Todd Cummings.

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Fourth graders from the Concord school district launched a weather balloon Wednesday morning so teachers in other districts can recreate the same experiment in their classrooms. 

Students learned about the atmosphere, weather patterns, and math for three months in preparation for the launch.

The South Bend Community School’s Empowerment Zone chose a leader for a new position as chief Wednesday morning.

The Empowerment Zone is a relatively new system for the school district.

South Bend Schools held an informational meeting Tuesday to help parents and students navigate new school assignments and graduation pathways following the approval of the Focus 2018 redistricting plan in December.

In what resembled a college fair, parents and students visited with representatives from each of the district schools to learn more about programs available to elementary and middle school students in South Bend.

South Bend Schools Approve Focus 2018 Plan

Dec 19, 2017

The South Bend School Corporation passed the Focus 2018: Design for the Future school plan yesterday with a unanimous vote. South Bend residents filled the meeting room for another opportunity to  voice concerns before school board members voted on the much scrutinized plan. Many parents expressed concern about how quickly the plan would make drastic changes across the school district.

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The South Bend Community School Corporation held a listening forum yesterday where residents had an opportunity to give feedback to school leaders about the proposed Focus 2018 school plan.