News release from Fort Wayne Community Schools:
FWCS seeks community input on building plans
Fort Wayne Community Schools is asking the entire community to weigh in on how best to maintainÂ aging school facilities. A survey will be launched today, Oct. 27, to gather feedback about theÂ community’s awareness regarding the condition of school buildings, as well as what types ofÂ repairs and upgrades they might support. Maintaining these buildings is an important component ofÂ meeting the district’s goals of academic excellence, community engagement and fiscalÂ responsibility.
“Our buildings are strong anchors in numerous neighborhoods, serving as meeting places afterÂ school hours by various community groups,” said Dr. Wendy Robinson, FWCS Superintendent.Â “With limited resources, we need to make some tough decisions about which repairs and upgradesÂ are most important, and we want to be transparent with the community as we move forward with thisÂ process. To do that, we need to hear from every Fort Wayne resident.”
Robinson added that children deserve to be taught in well-maintained facilities that meet modernÂ construction and technology standards. With the newest school building having been built in 1976 â€”Â and the average age 56 years old â€” many of these facilities lack reliable heating systems, are notÂ energy efficient and do not have electrical systems designed to handle 21st Century technology.
The district conducted an external facilities study in 2006 and an internal study this year. OptionsÂ for fixing facilities were presented to the Board of School Trustees earlier this month in a publicÂ work session. That presentation, along with additional information about the facilities plan, isÂ available on the district Web site at.
Working with independent research and communication firm K12 Insight, the survey is also accessibleÂ through a link on the district Web site. All answers are strictly confidential.
Parents, teachers and staff who have provided the district with their email addresses will receiveÂ email invitations to participate, but the survey is open to everyone in the FWCS community. AnyoneÂ without access to a computer or the Internet may visit their local library, or North Side HighÂ School’s Media Center will have computers available from 12:30-2:30 p.m. daily to take theÂ survey online. Residents may also request a paper copy of the survey by calling 260-467-2020. TheÂ goal is to ensure community-wide participation and feedback to assist the district in makingÂ decisions on a potential building plan.
The survey will be available through Nov. 11.