Fort Wayne Community Schools

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Fort Wayne Community Schools (FWCS)
Fwcs schools logo.jpg
1200 Clinton Street
Fort Wayne, Indiana

Allen County
District information
Type Public
Motto We Are Your Schools
Grades K-12
Superintendent Dr. Wendy Robinson
Students and staff
Students 30,980 [1]
Teachers 1,883
Staff 4,088
Athletic conference Summit
District mascot North Side Legends
Northrop Bruins
Snider Panthers
South Side Archers
Wayne Generals
Other information
2011 Graduation Rate 88.1% [2]
2009 Graduates 1,898
Website Official website
Map of the Allen County School Districts
Location of Indiana within the United States

The Fort Wayne Community Schools (FWCS) corporation is the Fort Wayne, Indiana area public school district, and is the largest in Indiana. The second largest is the Indianapolis Public Schools. It operates five high schools, ten middle schools, one intermediate school (1-8 grades) and over thirty elementary schools, serving 30,992 students (nearly 3% of Indiana's K-12 population) in 2012-2013.[3] FWCS's current superintendent is Dr. Wendy Robinson. FWCS is divided into several departments, including Technology, Transportation, Academic Services, Continuing Education, Nutrition Services, and Public Affairs.

School Board[edit]

The FWCS Board of School Trustees serves as the district's governing and fiscal body, and its meetings are open to the public in the Grile Administrative Center in downtown Fort Wayne and broadcast on local cable channels, Comcast 54 and FiOS/Frontier 24. The School Board approves the FWCS tax rate and any borrowing that will be paid off by property taxes. Current FWCS board members include Steve Corona, Anne Duff, Julie Hollingsworth, Glenna Jehl, Jordan Lebamoff, Maria Norman and Tom Smith.

Property Tax Remonstrace[edit]

On April 23, 2007, the School Board voted to fight a remonstrance by property tax payers in the FWCS district opposing a $500 million Facilities Improvement Plan. The organization Code Blue Schools led the remonstrance. Remonstrance petitions were submitted to the Allen County Auditor on July 1, 2007. Those against the $500 million bond issue submitted over 33,000 signatures, in contrast with the 11,000 signatures collected in favor of the bond issue.

Closing Elmhurst High School[edit]

On March 22, 2010, a vote was taken by the FWCS School Board to accept a recommendation of the FWCS administration regarding ways to reduce the 2010 district budget by $15 million. The administration's report included the step of closing Elmhurst High School. The budget moves were required because current economic conditions reduced federal and state funds available to the school district. The closing of Elmhurst has been a highly debated topic over the past several years, and the Board, by a unanimous vote of 7-0, agreed to accept the administration's recommendation. With that action, the 2009/10 school year was the final year of operations for the school. Returning students were reallocated to other high schools in the FWCS system.

School Directory[edit]

As well as offering public education during the day, FWCS offers continuing education classes and events that meet in its buildings in the evenings and on weekends (Saturday and Sunday).

High schools[edit]

South Side High School

Middle schools[edit]

  • Blackhawk Middle School
  • Jefferson Middle School
  • Kekionga Middle School
  • Lakeside Middle School
  • Lane Middle School
  • Memorial Park Middle School
  • Miami Middle School
  • Northwood Middle School
  • Portage Middle School
  • Shawnee Middle School
  • Towles Intermediate Montessori School[2]

Intermediate school[edit]

Elementary schools[edit]

  • Abbett Elementary School
  • Adams Elementary School
  • Arlington Elementary School
  • Bloomingdale Elementary School
  • Brentwood Elementary School
  • Bunche Montessori Early Childhood Ctr.
  • Croninger Elementary School
  • Fairfield Elementary School
  • Forest Park Elementary School
  • Franke Park Elementary School
  • Glenwood Park Elementary School
  • Haley Elementary School
  • Harris Elementary School
  • Harrison Hill Elementary School
  • Holland Elementary School
  • Indian Village Elementary School
  • Irwin Elementary School
  • Levan Scott Academy
  • Lincoln Elementary School
  • Lindley Elementary School
  • Maplewood Elementary School
  • Nebraska Elementary School (Closed in 2016)
  • Northcrest Elementary School
  • Price Elementary School
  • Shambaugh Elementary School
  • South Wayne Elementary School
  • St Joseph Central Elementary School
  • Study Elementary School
  • Washington Center Elementary School
  • Washington Elementary School
  • Waynedale Elementary School
  • Weisser Park Elementary School
  • Young Early Childhood Center

Other Facilities[edit]

  • Anthis Career Center
  • L.C. Ward Education Center[4]