School starts in Fort Wayne - August 20, 2007

Record Number: 3301
Displayed from: Aug 20, 2007 , until: Sep 10, 2007

Rain couldn't dampen the spirits of the more than 32,000 students and thousands of Fort Wayne Community Schools' employees who returned to school today. As of today, 32,151 students were registered for class. About 2,533 were full-day kindergarten students spending their first day in the classroom. It appeared more tears were shed by parents than children as the kids started their first day. About 95 percent of the buses delivered students to school on time, but the heavy rain did cause some challenges. Because of flooded streets in the city, several buses had to be re-routed. Despite the complications, all buses dropped off their students by 10 a.m. The weather also affected the telephone system at the South Transportation Center next to Elmhurst High School. Phone lines were down in the afternoon as schools were letting out. The issue did not pose any safety risks for students or drivers, but it did cause an inconvenience for parents wondering if their child's bus was running late. Inside the buildings, teachers, principals and other staff members joined in the students' excitement about beginning a new year. "There is so much energy on the first day of school," Superintendent Wendy Robinson said. "From the classroom assistants to the teachers to the principals, everyone is excited about making this a great year."

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.