FWCS gets fired up for cold weather - October 06, 2011

Record Number: 8036
Displayed from: Oct 06, 2011 , until: Nov 06, 2011

It's warm outside this week, but it's time for Fort Wayne Community Schools to get the buildings ready for winter. The Maintenance & Operations staff has been working in the schools preparing the heating systems for the months ahead. For the older systems, in particular, that means cleaning and making any necessary repairs to the boilers so they are ready to be fired up. The newer systems take less preparation but still must be checked so any necessary repairs can be made. Lakeside Middle School, for instance, has one of the newest systems with $1.9 million spent in 2008 on mechanical updates and window replacements. The project created not only a better climate-controlled building, but a more efficient one. Since 2008, the district has saved nearly $35,000 in heating costs at Lakeside. Here are some additional facts: Lakeside Middle School Age of building: 52 years Age of boiler: 3 years Type of system: Hot water FWCS Number of school buildings: 51 Number of heating systems past life expectancy: 27 Number of heating systems replaced in the last five years: 3 full system replacements; 95 boilers installed Number of heating systems to be replaced in the next year: 0 full replacement; boiler only South Side

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.