High school lottery postponed, information meetings set - March 03, 2010

Record Number: 6086
Displayed from: Mar 03, 2010 , until: Mar 18, 2010

The high school lottery scheduled to take place Friday, March 5, has been postponed as Fort Wayne Community Schools further investigates closing Elmhurst High School. The FWCS Board of School Trustees and administrators presented closing Elmhurst during a public meeting on Tuesday, March 2, as part of the $15 million in budget cuts that need to be made. Because this change would significantly affect attendance at the high schools, the high school lottery is being postponed. A new date for the lottery will not be determined until after the School Board makes a final determination regarding Elmhurst on Monday, March 22. At that time, the district will determine any changes to the lottery procedure and when the lottery will be held. The middle school lottery, also scheduled for Friday, March 5, will still take place as scheduled. The elementary lottery is scheduled for Friday, March 26. FWCS has also scheduled three meetings for the community to voice their opinions about the potential closures and recommendations on the $15 million cuts. The meetings will be as follows: Elmhurst Information Meeting 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 10, at Elmhurst, 3829 Sand Point Road Pleasant Center Information Meeting 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 16, at Pleasant Center, 2323 W. Pleasant Center Road Public Forum on Budget Reductions 6 p.m. Thursday, March 18, at the Grile Administrative Center, 1200 S. Clinton St.

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.