FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) Students in East Allen County schools will begin Tuesday, August 11 and teachers will report back on Monday. However, several employees have already begun work for the new school year.
Dr. Ken Folks, Superintendent for East Allen County Schools spoke to NewsChannel 15’s Gina Glaros on First News Saturday about the upcoming school year.
EACS hired 43 new teachers this year, which makes up 8 percent of its teaching staff and two new school resource officers.
According to Dr. Folks, his staff wears identification badges, uses a buzz-in system and schools with several doorways have greeters. The district worked with Allen County Sheriff David Gladieux and county council this year to get resource officers and now have a uniformed officer at all five attendance areas.
The Kindergarten Countdown program, which is a partnership between United Way of Allen County, EACS and FWCS, targets students who come from low-income families. In its third year, the summer program is four weeks long and gives at-risk students who have never been in a school setting before, a head start. Many times, their kindergarten teacher for the year will be their teacher during the program.