From renovated buildings to new educational programs, students at many Allen County public schools will notice big changes this school year.
Fort Wayne Community Schools is undergoing major renovations at several schools, while East Allen County Schools has closed two buildings. More computer laptops will be available for students at Southwest Allen County Schools. And students at many buildings, including some at Northwest Allen County Schools, will be getting used to new principals.
While changes differ from district to district, everyone will have to adjust to changes in state educational standards approved in April. NACS, for example, has special teams working to align curriculum to the new standards. Teachers will then learn the new curriculum, Superintendent Chris Himsel said.
Unfortunately, because of the timeline that has been mandated and the lack of funding or resources provided to make the implementation happen, nearly all of this work will result because of teachers volunteering their time because they are committed to our students, Himsel said in an email.
Here are some of the major changes:
Students will attend newly expanded and renovated Heritage and Woodlan campuses, both of which will house students in kindergarten through 12th grade. EACS officials will decide whether to sell the former Heritage Elementary and Woodlan Primary schools, which closed last spring.
By adding grades 3 through 5 to the list, students in grades 3 to 12 will be issued laptops.
In addition, students and parents are cautioned about road work near the schools. That’s going to impact traffic in the morning going to school, Superintendent Philip Downs said.
Beginning this year, students will be able to earn college credits and an associate degree while attending North Side and Wayne high schools. Aside from that, FWCS continued this summer with its multimillion-dollar school renovation projects.
Snider and Harrison Hill are still ongoing; Irwin has had major work done this summer, as has Harris Elementary, spokeswoman Krista Stockman said in an email.
Extensive work has also been done at Memorial Park, Bloomingdale, Northwood, Towles and Croninger.
Here are some FWCS construction projects to be completed over summer break, according to an April construction update:
Snider High School: science rooms, media center, kitchen, cafeteria, auxiliary gymnasium.
Memorial Park Middle School: art, science, special education, cafeteria and restrooms.
Harrison Hill Elementary School: 13 classrooms, corridors, offices, gymnasium, cafeteria.
Bloomingdale Elementary School: ceilings, classrooms, piping/ventilators, window replacements.
Harris Elementary School: ceilings, replace piping/HVAC systems, classroom renovations, window replacements.
Croninger Elementary School: ceilings, multipurpose room, classroom renovations, media center.
Irwin Elementary School: office, mechanical/electrical infrastructure.