FWCS Hires New Facilities Director - April 24, 2012

Record Number: 8711
Displayed from: Apr 24, 2012 , until: Jun 30, 2012

The Fort Wayne Community Schools Board of School Trustees today approved Darren Hess as the district's new Facilities Director, overseeing all aspects of construction and maintenance. Hess joined FWCS in 2000 as the Coordinator of Physical Plant Improvement. Before coming to FWCS, he worked for the City of Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Department and Russell Engineering Associates. He is a graduate of Purdue University. As Facilities Director, he replaces Steve Parker, who left the district earlier this year because of a serious illness. Parker had been with FWCS for 14 years. The Board also accepted the retirements of three long-time administrators:
  • Elementary Area Administrator Dan Bickel is retiring after 21 years with FWCS. He started his career in Wabash County in 1972 and spent seven years in Huntington County before joining FWCS as the principal of Weisser Park Elementary School. He was principal at the arts magnet school until becoming an area administrator in 2003.
  • Blackhawk Middle School Principal Tim Matthias is retiring after 40 years with FWCS. Matthias began his career at Northrop High School where he worked for 12 years. In 1984, he became the assistant principal at Blackhawk, a position he held for six years until returning to Northrop as assistant principal for three years. He went back to Blackhawk in 1993 to serve as principal.
  • Haley Elementary Principal Nate Spicer is retiring after 39 years with FWCS. Spicer began as a teacher at Study Elementary in 1973. He then taught at Whitney Young Elementary and Portage Middle School before becoming the assistant principal at Memorial Park Middle School in 1983. In 1987, he became principal of Washington Elementary, where he spent four years before moving to Haley in 1991.
Replacements for the retiring administrators have not yet been determined.

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.