FWCS Purchases Property, Plans for Future - November 25, 2014

Record Number: 12311
Displayed from: Nov 25, 2014 , until: Jan 25, 2015

The Fort Wayne Community Schools Board of School Trustees approved the purchase of property on Murray Street to allow for the relocation of the Anthis Construction Trades program.

The property at 125-129 Murray Street will be acquired for $385,000. The new space will allow for future expansion of career and technical programs offered by Anthis.

The Construction Trades program already offers dual credit courses with Ivy Tech Community College and Vincennes University, including electrical basics, OSHA certification, American Concrete Certification, carpentry basics, construction safety, Powder Actuated Nailer Certification and more. Students participating in the Construction Trades programs have the opportunity to build a house, work with the City of Fort Wayne Street Department and work closely with local construction businesses and trades to prepare for careers after high school.

By moving Construction Trades to a new facility, FWCS will be able to move Student & Family Services as well as other departments to the current Construction Trades facility on Douglas Street to create a resource center for families. The Student & Family Resource Center will provide families with a one-stop shop as they enter the district to determine what school their children will attend and what services may be needed to support the student and their family. Departments including English Language Learners, Special Education, Health Services, guidance counseling and more will be centrally located to allow easy access for parents.

The new resource center will also allow the district to provide space to community partners and the Fort Wayne Area PTA to further offer easy access to resources needed by families.

“The Resource Center gives parents a visible sign that they have a place to go, that they matter,” said Superintendent Dr. Wendy Robinson.

The entire project is expected to take up to two years to complete. FWCS is seeking several outside funding sources to support the costs of the expansion of Construction Trades programs as well as the opening of the Resource Center.

With nearly 30,000 students, Fort Wayne Community Schools is one of the largest school districts in Indiana. FWCS proudly allows families to choose any of its 50 schools through its successful school-choice program creating diversity in each school, including some with more than 75 languages spoken. FWCS offers seven magnet schools focusing on areas such as science and math, communication, fine arts or Montessori at the elementary and middle school level. In high school, students can choose from the prestigious International Baccalaureate program, Project Lead the Way or New Tech Academy as well as other rigorous academic and specialty training programs.