FWCS moves forward with phase two of building improvements

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) Fort Wayne Community Schools is getting ready for community input on phase two of its building plans. Thursday, the school board previewed plans for phase two of repairs for FWCS.

Phase two funding would go to schools not included in phase one, according to FWCS Director of Facilities Darren Hess. It could mean anywhere from repairs to a school’s roof, windows, security elements and air conditioning. Hess added that if approved, all FWCS facilities would have air conditioning.

He expects it to take a total of six to eight years to complete all the projects.

It’s important to note that phase two won’t impact tax payers who paid during phase one.

“If you’re already paying your taxes on the program for phase one, the phase two will not increase your taxes it will remain the same,” Hess said.

“Phase one cost a little over $17 million, which is $2.2 million in savings over what the board and community approved,” which Hess said was $119 million.

Phase one started in 2012 and will be finished in the summer of 2016. There will be a series of public open houses in November and then a public hearing in December. The community will have to vote to pass a referendum on the May 3 ballot.

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