Business Leaders Support ‘Repair FWCS’ Project

By Stephanie Parkinson

April 24, 2012 Updated Apr 24, 2012 at 4:03 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) - The fate of a major renovation project for the Fort Wayne Community Schools is in the hands of the voters.

Tuesday 2 local groups showed their support for the district. Meanwhile, one of the schools in need of repair had some problems.

Tuesday Snider High School had another pipe burst. It's something school officials say has been happening almost weekly there because the entire system needs replacing.

"There's nothing more critical to our continued success than having not to worry about facilities, said Dr. Wendy Robinson, FWCS Superintendent.

Voters will decide on May 8 if this project is a go. Tuesday, leaders in the Summit City's business community voiced their support for the $119 million renovation project.

"On behalf of the Chamber, we'd like to support this and hope everybody goes out and votes," said Mike Christman, Chamber Board Chairman.

"The quality of schools influences where people buy a home, and what they are willing to pay for it. Regardless of whether or not they have children, buyers care about the reputation of local schools," said Phil Stinson, President, Upstate Alliance of REALTORS.

For the average homeowner this move would mean paying about $27 more a year in property taxes.

"This is critical, it is critical for this community, and when it's good for the community it will be good for the schools. We're going to make wise use of every dollar that this community invests in The Fort Wayne Community Schools," said Robinson.

Snider would be the largest part of this project. They would see about $40 million in renovations. Another 35 schools would also see improvements from the project.

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