Maintaining the buildings in Fort Wayne Community Schools is an important component of meeting the district's goals. Academics are supported by suitable buildings; FWCS buildings are strong anchors in neighborhoods and serve families throughout the community; and being fiscally responsible requires these assets be maintained. Our children deserve well-maintained facilities that meet today's educational needs, including electrical systems that can handle 21st Century technology, climate-controlled buildings that are more energy efficient and modern classroom space with better lighting and adequate storage. This page will serve as a resource to learn more about FWCS' buildings and the plan to take care of them for future generations. Check back often, and let us know if you have questions or comments.
In our 3rd year of the 4-year School Basic Renewal/Restoration and Safety Projects, needs-only building plan (REPAIR FWCS), FWCS has continued to make significant strides in successfully completing several of the projects, with many of the contracts coming in under budget. Work is complete at Bloomingdale Elementary, Croninger Elementary, Harris Elementary and Harrison Hill Elementary. The renovations at Snider High School, Memorial Park Middle School, and Irwin Elementary are substantially complete with only minor work items remaining. Construction contracts were awarded and work began in the Spring of 2015 for the last phase of major renovation projects, which include Haley Elementary, Weisser Park Elementary and Jefferson Middle School. These renovations are expected to be complete by the start of the 2016-2017 school year. Work has been completed at all eight of the window and masonry restoration projects, as well as for the roof replacement projects. Due to the conservative approach to design and budgeting taken throughout the program implementation, the base program expenditures resulted in a total of $9,487,985 of unallocated funds (savings). $7,278,994 was redirected into smaller projects at several of the buildings included in the program that were originally left out of the early bids, leaving $2,208,991 or roughly 2% of the overall program budget in savings, ultimately resulting in a lower cost impact to FWCS taxpayers.
As we move forward into the 4th year of the program, renovations will be completed at Haley Elementary, Weisser Park Elementary, and Jefferson Elementary, as well as roofing projects at Jefferson Middle School, Snider High School and South Side High School. Several smaller projects at the buildings including terrazzo refinishing, security camera system installations, masonry system repairs and site & traffic improvements will be bid and completed by August of 2016. With the approval of our community, we will also be looking to continue the REPAIR FWCS program into Phase 2 - details of which will be forthcoming through the Fall of 2015 and Spring of 2016. As always, we continue to say THANK YOU FORT WAYNE for the opportunity to improve our buildings to a level of modern standards and provide better learning environments for our students and staff!
Take a video tour of Snider High School and Harrison Hill Elementary to see the kind of work our buildings need. Then visit Indian Village and Franke Park to see what renovated buildings look like.
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