FWCS set to announce transportation changes

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – Fort Wayne Community Schools will announce changes to the district’s transportation plan next week, according to school officials.

FWCS will host two meetings on Dec. 1 and Dec. 2 at Anthis Career Center at 6 p.m. on Barr Street in downtown Fort Wayne.

FWCS spokesperson Krista Stockman said in an email the meetings will focus on the upcoming changes to services that are currently provided for students. District leaders are expected to share how the reductions in service will be made and how they will notify parents if changes affect their children.

FWCS is reducing the transportation budget by $2.5 million for the 2015-2016 school year. Stockman said the cuts are necessary because property tax caps have reduced funding to the transportation budget by $9 million since 2009. The loss is expected to double by 2017.

Stockman said specific information about which routes will see changes will not be available at the meetings. Officials will announce in January a specific plan that includes which routes will be altered.

Five separate meetings will be held at FWCS high schools:

  • North Side High School – Jan. 6
  • Snider High School – Jan. 7
  • Wayne High School – Jan. 8
  • South Side High School – Jan. 13
  • Northrop High School – Jan. 14

All the high school meetings start at 6 p.m. and are open to parents of children from any school.

FWCS transports more than 21,000 students daily using 250 buses. The 1,700 routes cover approximately 3.6 million miles each school year, according to the district’s website.

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