First day at FWCS - August 22, 2005

Record Number: 1653
Displayed from: Aug 22, 2005 , until: Aug 25, 2005

Sunny skies and milder than usual temperatures provided a perfect backdrop to a spirited first day of the 2005-06 school year for Fort Wayne Community Schools! Here are some tidbits: * Enrollment appears to be remaining steady with 5 more students over last year at this time. Today, 32,033 students walked through the school doors compared to 32,027 in 2004. The state sets the official enrollment date for schools as September 15. * The district's buses made good time getting students to class today. Only 29 of the 230 buses on the road this morning were 15 or more minutes late. The majority of those buses were running elementary routes. The first few times riding a big yellow bus can be confusing for our youngest students, so drivers allow more time in keeping a watchful eye on them. Also, the year is revving up with all of the district's fleet of buses certified as being in tip-top condition! The Indiana State Police Motorcarrier Division conducted their annual safety inspection earlier this month and all of the 325 FWCS buses passed with flying colors. The inspection includes checking brakes, suspension, making sure there are no loose seats, there is no rust on the body of the bus, looking at tire tread depth and double checking the lights and horn and electrical system. We are proud of our mechanics who do an exemplary job making sure our buses are ready for the road and in good working condition all year long, said Superintendent Dr. Wendy Robinson.

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.