FWCS hires new Chief Operations Officer - January 13, 2009

Record Number: 4650
Displayed from: Jan 13, 2009 , until: Feb 13, 2009

The Fort Wayne Community Schools Board of School Trustees today approved hiring Steven M. Cobb as the district's new Chief Operations Officer. In his 32 years in education, Cobb has served as an assistant superintendent, principal and teacher. He comes to FWCS from the Community Schools of Frankfort were he was the assistant superintendent. Prior to that position, he was a principal at several buildings in Southwest Allen County Schools for 20 years. During his time with Southwest Allen, he led Woodside Middle School and Covington, Lafayette Meadows, Whispering Meadows and Lafayette Central elementary schools. He started his career as an elementary school teacher at Monroe County Schools in Bloomington and later worked as a teacher in Phoenix, Ariz., a teacher and assistant principal in Newport News, Va., and an elementary school principal in Fremont. Cobb received his Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Indiana University, Master of Science in Elementary Administration from Nova University in Phoenix, and Educational Specialist degree in Administration Leadership from Indiana University. He replaces Doug Coutts, who retired last month after nearly 10 years with FWCS and 40 years in education.

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.