FWCS, FWEA reach agreement - August 20, 2007

Record Number: 3300
Displayed from: Aug 20, 2007 , until: Sep 20, 2007

Fort Wayne Community Schools and its teachers reached a tentative agreement on a two-year contract Friday, the same day teachers returned to the classroom for the 2007-08 school year. Details of the agreement will not be released until after the Fort Wayne Education Association has an opportunity to share them with its members. The association plans to meet with its members soon. The contract will go to the school board for approval following ratification by the FWEA. The two sides started negotiating in June, with meetings intensifying in August. After nine meetings, the two sides came to an agreement that puts students and education first. Completing the negotiations before students return today means teachers and administrators can focus on the new school year instead of bargaining. "The district and its teachers continue to be strong partners in providing the best education for our students and the best working environment for our teachers," Superintendent Dr. Wendy Robinson said. "Our teachers are the closest people to the students in this district, and we value the hard work they do every day." The contract covers the more than 1,800 teachers in the district. "Starting school with negotiations complete is a wonderful way to begin a school year," FWEA President Steve Brace said. "The teachers are excited to get back in the classroom and continue to provide the best learning opportunities for our students."

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.