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FWCS invites community to referendum information meetings

FWCS plans to make improvements at 33 schools in the district.

Posted: Nov 6, 2019 9:44 PM
Updated: Nov 8, 2019 3:31 PM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - Fort Wayne Community Schools is getting ready to ask voters to approve a $130 million bond referendum in May.

FWCS plans to make improvements at 33 schools in the district.

Levan Scott Academy, Blackhawk and Miami middle schools and Wayne High School will receive major renovations, including updating heating, ventilation and air conditioning, installing energy-efficient lighting and more.

The plan also calls for classroom additions at Levan Scott and Franke Park Elementary School, where modular units are currently in place to handle student populations that have outgrown the capacity of the buildings.

This referendum would complete the series of projects that began in 2012 and continued in 2016 with community approval of previous bonds.

This plan would retain the maximum promised tax rate of .3028.

Since 2012, FWCS has maintained a tax rate below that threshold.

“We have been diligent in our fiscal responsibility while maintaining our school buildings throughout the city,” FWCS Chief Financial Officer Kathy Friend said. “We have a responsibility to ensure these buildings remain strong anchors in our neighborhoods and modern centers of learning for our students.”

The community is invited to learn more about the proposal during informational meetings in November.

  • Friday, Nov. 8, 10:30 a.m. – Bill C. Anthis Center, 1200 S. Barr St.
  • Thursday, Nov. 14, 5 p.m. tours, 6 p.m. information meeting – St. Joseph Central Elementary, 6341 St. Joe Center Rd.
  • Monday, Nov. 18, 5 p.m. tours, 6 p.m. information meeting – Northrop High School, 7001 Coldwater Rd.

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