FWCS Board Meeting To Cut $15 Million Open To Public

By John W. Davis

June 18, 2010 Updated Mar 1, 2010 at 6:51 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) - The Fort Wayne Community Schools Board will hold a public meeting Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. at the Grile Administrative Center, 1200 S. Clinton Street, to discuss how to cut $15 million dollars from next school year's operating budget.

Tuesday's meeting will be the first-time administrators and the FWCS Board has publicly discusses their budget cut ideas, where district leaders say practically everything is on the table.

School board leaders say two things are certain in next school year's budget, no cuts will be made to the district's successful full day kindergarten program and all FWCS administrators will see salary freezes next school year.

Meanwhile, teachers are also expected to be asked to forgo raises for next school year.

Other other options are closing schools, and possible staff and teachers layoffs.

"Even though tomorrow we're not taking public comment... We want people to know what we are talking about, what we are thinking about, where this discussion is headed, so that they can be aware and make good decisions on if they think we're headed in the right direction," said FWCS Spokesperson Krista Stockman.

FWCS says public meetings for suggestions, comments and questions will be scheduled for later this month.

The dates for those meetings could be announced as early as Tuesday, March 2.

Meanwhile, Indiana's NewsCenter has discovered the Emmaus Lutheran School is teaching their 7th and 8th grade students Spanish via Skype.

The middle school students are connected with a teacher in Cancun, Mexico where each 30 minute session only costs 15 dollars.

This program will save Emmaus Lutheran School at least $5,000 dollars over a full school year.

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