FWCS facility study results released - August 31, 2006

Record Number: 2596
Displayed from: Aug 31, 2006 , until: Sep 28, 2006

Results of the Fort Wayne Community Schools' facility study were presented to the district's facility committee last night. Building condition scores reflected the area of most need with 85 percent of the school buildings needing at least some upgrades to infrastructure. District-wide statistics include: 58 percent of the buildings need to have heating and ventilation systems upgraded or replaced, 36 percent have roofs near or past the end of their estimated service life, 60 percent have plumbing systems beyond their estimated service life, 46 percent need new windows or have single-pane or un-insulated windows, and 25 percent of the schools need more electrical outlets or circuits Average scores FWCS school buildings' technology readiness, educational suitability and grounds were generally favorable. Facility study results will be presented to the public at four community forums in September. Community members are invited to hear the facility study findings, as well as provide their own input regarding building conditions and priorities for improving facilities. The facility study and community forums are part of a process to develop a long-range facility plan for the district. The community forums are: * Wed., Sept. 13, 7 p.m., Irwin Elementary School, 3501 S. Anthony Blvd. * Thurs, Sept. 14, 7 p.m., Lane Middle School, 4901 Vance Ave. * Wed., Sept. 27, 7 p.m., Memorial Park Middle School, 2200 Maumee Ave. * Thurs, Sept. 28, 7 p.m., Lindley Elementary School, 2201 Ardmore Ave. The facility studies were conducted by MGT of America in April and by MSKTD of Fort Wayne in 2005.

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.