FWCS directs more dollars toward instruction than state average - June 26, 2007

Record Number: 3250
Displayed from: Jun 26, 2007 , until: Jul 06, 2007

A June 15 report from the Indiana State Board of Education shows that for school years 2004-05 and 2005-06, Fort Wayne Community Schools spent more of its budget on academic achievement and direct instructional support than the state average. In 2006, FWCS spent 68.8% of its budget on instruction almost 7% more than the state average of 62%. In 2005, FWCS spent 70.2% on instruction, compared to a state average of 63.1% Instruction-related expenditures include anything related to teaching, materials and supervision. Sample costs include teacher and principal salaries, libraries, textbooks, special-needs support and curriculum development. "These numbers are a direct reflection of our unwavering focus on academic achievement and the improvement we've already seen," says superintendent Dr. Wendy Robinson. It is our No. 1 priority and therefore, it's the No. 1 place for our resources. "Obviously, there's been a lot of recent attention on the needs of our baby boomer buildings, and rightly so. That's a critical long-term need for our schools and our community, but in the meantime, we will never take our eye off the ball and that is providing the best instruction to help our students achieve and succeed." Indiana law requires the State Board of Education to analyze each school corporation's expenditures under the following four categories: 1) student academic achievement; 2) student instructional support; 3) overhead and operational and 4) non-operational. FWCS is Indiana's most diverse school district and the second-largest in the state . Due to its extreme diversity in student ethnicity and abilities, it is the only district in Indiana to be evaluated on all 37 indicators for student achievement.

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.