FWCS holds public hearing for REPAIR proposals

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (ADAMS) – The public is invited to provide feedback during two public hearings before the Fort Wayne Community Schools Board of School Trustees regarding the REPAIR 2020 program.

The Board is considering a referendum on the May 5, 2020, ballot for a $130 million bond program to make improvements at 33 school buildings. Improvements include security improvements, window replacements, and roof replacements. Three buildings – 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 Academy and Franke Park Elementary School, where modular units are currently in place to handle student populations that have outgrown the capacity of the buildings.

Approval of this referendum would complete the series of projects that began in 2012 and continued in 2016 with community approval of previous bonds. The completed projects have resulted in modernized, energy-efficient facilities that have saved the District millions of dollars in energy costs.

This plan would retain the maximum promised tax rate of .3028. Since 2012, FWCS has maintained a tax rate below that threshold.

A series of four community meetings was held earlier this month to explain the project and show off work completed in the REPAIR 2 program.

The first public hearing was held at the Board meeting on Monday, Nov. 25. A second hearing at the Board meeting on Monday, Dec. 9. Board meetings are held at 6 p.m. at the Grile Administrative Center, 1200 S. Clinton St. After the second hearing, the Board will vote whether to place the referendum on the May 5, 2020 ballot.