Foundation survey results indicate strong support - November 15, 2011

Record Number: 8240
Displayed from: Nov 15, 2011 , until: Dec 15, 2011

The Board of Directors of the Fort Wayne Community Schools Foundation announced today the results of the community-wide survey it had launched in September. The Foundation Board had conducted the survey to help them understand which programs matter most to parents and community members and to gauge support for the reinvigoration of the Foundation in response to public school budget cuts. Although the Foundation has been in place for years, this is the first time it will actively solicit financial support. A total of 2,480 people responded to the survey, representing a cross-section of the community, including district employees, parents, business leaders, government officials and other community members. Open from Sept. 21-Oct. 13, 2011, the survey is part of a larger strategic plan to increase communication between the district and key stakeholders. Working in conjunction with independent research and communication firm K12 Insight, the district is engaging in two-way dialogue with the entire Fort Wayne community. "As promised, I want to close the loop by sharing the feedback we received," said Don Andorfer, President of the Board of the Fort Wayne Community Schools Foundation. " This survey has given us valuable insight into how our community feels about the Foundation raising funds for our school district, with the majority of respondents saying the Foundation can fill a needed role in our community." Overall findings indicate that better communication is needed around public education issues impacting the Fort Wayne community, with a significant number of respondents lacking awareness of issues related to funding of full-day kindergarten, elementary school counselors and technology for students. When asked about the importance of various programs, a greater level of support was indicated for general academic issues such as student interventionists, academic coaches and school counselors as compared to technology, such as computers for each student and access to handheld devices. "We greatly appreciate hearing from the Fort Wayne community," Andorfer said. "We will continue communicating with all our key stakeholders as we take concrete next steps including raising funds to support school staff professional development."

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.