FWCS Takes First Steps in Renovation Project

By Rachel Martin

November 13, 2012 Updated Oct 16, 2013 at 12:08 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (www.incnow.tv) – The Fort Wayne Community Schools district isn't wasting anytime getting started on their building renovation project.

Monday night, the FWCS Board approved a $7 million bond for preliminary costs. The $119 million project was proposed as a referendum on the May Primary ballot.

According to Board members, the referendum passed by 67 percent, meaning someone with a $100 thousand home will pay approximately $27 more dollars a year beginning in 2013. Now FWCS is taking the first steps towards the project.

“This is just to help us pay those introductory expenses that we have to pay for: the design, and the architects, and the consultants, in order to get the project rolling. There will be a little bit of funding available for construction, too to start the project out,” said FWCS Chief Financial Officer Kathy Friend.

Friend says the bidding process will begin soon and the administration hopes to make some recommendations to the Board Dec. 10. Phase I of the project includes Snider High School, Memorial Park Elementary, and Harrison Hill Elementary. Construction is expected to begin late next Spring.

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