State to hold hearings at North Side & South Side - May 05, 2011

Record Number: 7524
Displayed from: May 05, 2011 , until: Jun 22, 2011

The Indiana State Board of Education will conduct public hearings at North Side and South Side high schools on Tuesday, June 21, to obtain community input on improvement at the schools. The hearing at South Side will begin at 5 p.m. in the school auditorium, followed by North Side's hearing at 7:30 p.m. in North Side's auditorium. The hearings will open with an overview of school turnaround, followed by public comments. Written comments will be accepted before, during and after the hearings and can be submitted electronically at www.surveymonkey.com/s/publiccomment. The hearings are being held at the two high schools because North Side and South Side have been under close review by the Indiana Department of Education after being placed on Academic Probation under Public Law 221 for four consecutive years. Last year, Fort Wayne Community Schools included North Side and South Side as two of the 11 schools designated as Leading Educational Achievement with Distinction (LEAD). New leadership teams were brought into each building and each staff member had to reapply for their position. Staff members, students, parents and other interested community members are invited to attend the public hearings.

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.