CAO to retire from FWCS - June 22, 2009

Record Number: 5211
Displayed from: Jun 22, 2009 , until: Jul 22, 2009

The Fort Wayne Community Schools Board of School Trustees approved two administrative changes Monday, June 22, including the retirement of Chief Academic Officer Carol Lindquist. Dr. Lindquist will retire from FWCS on Aug. 14 to take a position as Clinical Assistant Professor of Education in the School of Education at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne. She has been with the district nearly 20 years, serving the last six as the chief academic officer. "Carol's fingerprints are all over this district," Superintendent Dr. Wendy Robinson said. "She has been heavily involved in shaping who we are today and planning as we work to become even better. While we are saddened to see her leave, we know her wisdom and expertise will still be with us as she will have a profound influence on future teachers who will be teaching in our classrooms." Dr. Lindquist joined FWCS in 1990 as the principal of Geyer Middle School, which was later converted to Towles Intermediate School. In 1993, she moved to the central office and two years later became the Director of Curriculum. Prior to joining FWCS, Dr. Lindquist had nearly 17 years of experience in education as a teacher and administrator. The board on Monday also approved hiring Lucy Schmidt as the principal at Bloomingdale Elementary School. Schmidt joined FWCS in 2008 as the assistant principal at Haley Elementary. At Bloomingdale, she replaces Gale Powelson, who is moving to assistant principal at Northcrest 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.