Board member Carol Coen to step down - March 26, 2008

Record Number: 3976
Displayed from: Mar 26, 2008 , until: Apr 04, 2008

Longtime Fort Wayne Community Schools Board Member Carol Coen will step down from her seat later this year after nearly 16 years on the FWCS Board of Trustees. Coen was first elected to the board in 1992 and was re-elected three times to serve District 2 in the northeast part of the school district. Recently, Coen moved out of District 2. By law, Coen could continue to serve the remainder of her term, but she decided the board is reaching a point where a smooth transition could be made to a new board member. "We are finishing up some great work as a board right now with our new goals in place and the district's balanced scorecard coming to fruition," she said. "We have set a clear direction for where we want Fort Wayne Community Schools to go, and I know the district will be successful." A specific date has not yet been set, but Coen anticipates leaving by the end of June. That would give board members time to select a replacement before the 2009 budget is presented. "Going through the budget process is a great way to learn about the district and about being a school board member," Coen said. "It would be a great opportunity for someone who wants to serve the community." If the board appoints someone to replace Coen, he or she would serve the remainder of the term. The District 2 position is up for election in November. In her time on the board, Coen has held every office, including serving as President of the board for four years. She has also been actively involved in the National School Boards Association and the association's Council of Urban Boards of Education, serving as co-chair of its task force on Urban Student Achievement. In that role, she has participated in several research projects regarding school climate as it impacts student achievement. She also has served as the Federal Relations Network representative for the Indiana School Boards Association. Coen said she will miss serving on the FWCS board. "It's difficult to believe it's been 16 years since I first ran for office," she said. "We've accomplished a lot in those years, including choosing the current superintendent Dr. Wendy Robinson, who is leading this district out of the status quo and into a premier school system."

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.