FWCS opens doors for new school year

The first day of classesl for the 2014-2015 school year at North Side High School.
The first day of classesl for the 2014-2015 school year at North Side High School.

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – Summer is now officially over for 30,000 students in the Fort Wayne Community Schools district.

Monday marked a new school year for students and staff with FWCS.

Renovations at several buildings and free breakfast and lunch for elementary and middle school students are a few highlights for the 2014-2015 school year.

A 2012 ballot initiative, which voters ultimately passed, afforded FWCS $119 million for building repairs at many of its 51 schools. Repairs and renovations started last year, but a bulk of the work also took place this summer. 36 schools saw some type of improvements in infrastructure and safety. Many other buildings saw replacements of windows and roofs, fresh paint, and remodeling.

Perhaps the biggest change for 2014-2015 is free breakfast and lunch for elementary and middle schools students.

The FWCS Board of School Trustees approved the program in June.

The program allows the district, without spending additional dollars, to provide breakfast and lunch at no cost to students in grades K-8. Parents do not have to sign up their children as was required under the previous free and reduced lunch program. There is no income requirement for the program.

The program is not yet available to high school students.

With the large student population headed back to classes, FWCS reminds the community that approximately 300 school buses will also be on the roads. Students will also be walking and waiting at bus stops and drivers should allow extra time the first couple days back and be aware of students.

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