State dollars allocated for full day kindergarten: FWCS under budget - June 26, 2007

Record Number: 3252
Displayed from: Jun 26, 2007 , until: Jul 06, 2007

Indiana announced Monday school districts will receive $665 for each full-day kindergarten student. The number means Fort Wayne Community Schools will be able to spend less than its original budget to offer full day kindergarten to a projected 2,481 students this fall. FWCS budgeted $500 per student or $2.7 million in total. Additional state dollars will bring the school system's cost down $165 per student, saving an additional $409,365. "This is good news for our budget," says Kathy Friend, chief financial officer for FWCS. "The final number will be determined after enrollment in September, and we have the potential to receive even more if enrollment across the state goes down, or other districts elect not to offer a full-day program." FWCS already offers full day kindergarten at 13 schools where results have demonstrated proven benefits from more instruction time and individual attention. "We are grateful for the opportunity to help all the children in our district get a stronger start to their education," says superintendent Dr. Wendy Robinson. "This definitely supports our mission to continuously improve academic performance across our district." ###

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.