After a school referendum failed last week, Gary Community Schools is asking the state legislature for help as it struggles with ongoing financial problems.
The school referendum was posed after years of financial struggle and failed by only 300 votes. The district sent a letter to staff Friday, saying it wouldn’t make payroll on time.
This is the district’s second referenda to counter decreasing enrollment in recent years. Both have now failed.
When students leave a district, state money goes with them, and Gary schools struggle to maintain staff and buildings.