FWCS, FWEA take break in negotiations - June 05, 2009

Record Number: 5194
Displayed from: Jun 05, 2009 , until: Jun 30, 2009

Fort Wayne Community Schools and the Fort Wayne Education Association agreed this week to suspend negotiations on a new contract until at least Aug. 1. The two sides reached the agreement because of the unstable funding situation from the State of Indiana and work to be done in filling jobs created using federal stimulus money. "Our focus now is the Legislature, the budget and getting people back to work," FWEA Executive Director Steve Brace said. "The circumstances are so uncertain at this point that we simply don't have the framework to make decisions that will be good for the long run," Chief Academic Officer Carol Lindquist said. Negotiations formally began in March with the teams intending to take July off for a summer break. Negotiations to date have been productive and amicable.

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.