News release from Fort Wayne Community Schools:
FWCS to Host Transportation Information Meetings for Parents
(November 25, 2014) – Fort Wayne Community Schools will host two meetings to provide parents with information regarding upcoming changes to transportation services provided. The meetings will be held at 6 p.m. Dec. 1 and 2 in the Anthis Career Center auditorium, 1200 S. Barr St.
FWCS is in the process of reducing transportation spending by $2.5 million by the 2015-16 school year. The reduction is necessary because property tax caps, known as the Circuit Breaker, have prohibited FWCS from collecting more than $9 million for transportation since 2009. This loss is expected to double by 2017. At the same time, expenses continue to increase.
At the meetings Dec. 1 and 2, FWCS leaders will share how the reductions will be made and the steps the district will take to inform parents if the reductions will affect them. Specific information on routes will not be available at the meetings.
The meetings are open to parents throughout the district. Additional meetings with more specific information will be held in January in each of the high school feeder areas. All meetings will begin at 6 p.m. according to the following schedule:
- Tuesday, Jan. 6 – North Side High School
- Wednesday, Jan. 7 – Snider High School
- Thursday, Jan. 8 – Wayne High School
- Tuesday, Jan. 13 – South Side High School
- Wednesday, Jan. 14 – Northrop High School
About Fort Wayne Community Schools
With nearly 31,000 students, Fort Wayne Community Schools is one of the largest school districts in Indiana. FWCS proudly allows families to choose any of its 51 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.