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Snider power outage
Snider High School students are expected back in school today after a power outage sent them home several hours early Monday.
Snider’s approximately 1,865 students in grades 9 to 12 were dismissed at 1 p.m. Monday because of a power outage.
The outage was related to aging infrastructure in a section of the school that needs to be repaired and was not related to current construction projects, officials said.
Kathy Friend, chief financial officer for FWCS, said the power was restored Monday afternoon. Crews were not sure what caused the outage, however, and needed time to correct the issue before students returned to class.
Monday evening, officials announced a two-hour delay for this morning for all FWCS students because of road conditions and anticipated subzero temperatures.

FWCS to get special education training

An online training program to teach teachers, staff and others about best practices in special education will go live during the 2014-15 school year.

Fort Wayne Community Schools board members on Monday approved a $156,000 contract with local company CVC Communications to develop online training modules for FWCS staff to learn about special education topics.

Board Vice President Julie Hollingsworth said the online special education courses will be an asset to the district.

“I think it’s a great idea. There’s probably no area of education that’s more highly regulated (than special education) and driven by all sorts of rules and regulations,” Hollingsworth said.

The online courses will be divided into about 19 modules, each approximately 30 minutes long.

Courses will include links to reference materials, FWCS-specific scenarios, mid-course knowledge checks and end-of-course quizzes, according to FWCS Special Education Director Ann Barnes-Smith.

Employees who complete the training will receive printable certificates.

The courses are expected to be available online next school year and will be funded by a technical assistance grant from the Indiana Department of Education.

Irwin improvements

Also on Monday, the board approved two construction contracts for summer building projects at Irwin Elementary School.

Board members voted in favor of a more than $3.9 million project including site, architectural, mechanical, plumbing and electrical renovations, as well as updates for the existing building controls at Irwin Elementary.

The work will be completed during the summer of 2014 and 2015 by Robert E. Crosby, Inc. and Automated Logic.

The projects will be paid for through the district’s School Building Basic Renewal/Restoration and Safety Project budget which was included in the 2012 bond approved by voters in a referendum.

jcrothers@jg.net

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