Supporting Strong Schools for a Strong Community in Fort Wayne.
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.
We are incredibly thankful to our community for the support that has been provided in the previous two referendums. In May of 2012, voters approved a $119 million, 4-year School Basic Renewal/Restoration and Safety Projects, needs-only building renovation plan (REPAIR FWCS). As a result of this program, 10 buildings have received full renovations, 14 buildings received air conditioning that were not previously air-conditioned, 16 buildings had window replacements completed, and 28 buildings received partial roof replacements. The projects were completed on time and under budget, with $2.2 million in savings, which resulted in a lower tax rate than what was originally approved. The renovations have also resulted in an average reduction in energy consumption of 20% (more than $200,000 per year) and the district has received energy rebates to date totaling over $500,000.
REPAIR Phase 2 was resoundingly approved by voters in May of 2016. This second phase of renovations includes major renovations at another 10 school buildings, the addition of air conditioning at 16 school buildings, security improvements at 33 buildings, window replacements at 2 buildings, partial roof replacements at 4 buildings, and parent pick-up lane improvements at 5 buildings. At the completion of this phase of the program, ALL 51 of the FWCS school buildings will be air conditioned.
This third phase will incorporate the remaining buildings in need of renovations and repairs, completing the original plan for building modernizations. 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.
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!