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Kendallville to convert ex-school

March 22, 2019

Ownership of the former East Noble Middle School has been transferred from East Noble School Corp. to the city of Kendallville with plans to turn it into a community learning center.

A ceremony celebrating the transfer was conducted at Wednesday’s East Noble School Board meeting.

Although the city will own the building, no tax money will be used to support it. An agreement between the city and Dekko Foundation calls for the establishment of a $1 million endowment fund at the Community Foundation of Noble County.

The fund will be used to cover a portion of the learning center’s operating costs or to demolish the building if the project ultimately proves to be unsuccessful, a news release said Thursday.

Costs associated with the maintenance and upkeep of the building will be provided by the Dekko Foundation until the community learning center is operational.

A new nonprofit organization, The Community Learning Center Inc., has been formed and will take over ownership of the former school from the city when it receives tax exempt status from the Internal Revenue Service, officials said.

The vision for the community learning center is to maximize the potential and self-sufficiency of residents of all ages through collaborative, multigenerational programs, officials said.

People interested in volunteering or contributing to the community learning center’s programs and those who want to learn more about the center can contact Barry Rochford at the Dekko Foundation at 260-347-1278 or brochford@dekkofoundation.org.