FWCS gets fired up for cold weather - October 16, 2007

Record Number: 3537
Displayed from: Oct 16, 2007 , until: Nov 16, 2007

Though high temperatures are forecast to be in or near the 70s all week, it won't be long until the days are significantly colder. In preparation, Fort Wayne Community Schools' Maintenance and Operation staff has been working in the buildings for several weeks getting the heating systems ready. For the older systems, that means cleaning and making any necessary repairs to the boilers so they are ready to be fired up when cold weather arrives. The newer systems take less preparation but still must be checked so any necessary repairs can be made. Here are some additional facts by the numbers: Irwin Elementary School Age of building: 80 years Age of boiler: 30 Type of system: Hot water FWCS Number of school buildings: 53 Number of heating systems past life expectancy: 18 Number of heating systems replaced in the last five years: 2 full replacements; 16 boiler only Number of heating systems to be replaced in the next year: 1 full replacement (Lakeside Middle School); boiler only (Lane Middle School and Waynedale Elementary)

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.