FWCS Back In School, Looks to Renovations

FWCS Back In School, Looks to Renovations

Fort Wayne Community Schools students are back in school.<br><br>And after voters approved a $119 Million bond issue this past May, school officials say they were glad to get the school year going and to begin the district-wide restoration project.
Fort Wayne Community Schools students are back in school.

And after voters approved a $119 Million bond issue this past May, school officials say they were glad to get the school year going and to begin the district-wide restoration project.

WFFT was at Washington Elementary this afternoon when school got out.

Parents say the heat kept some kids inside more often this summer,
So some of them are in a hurry to get the kids out of the house and back in school.

"You guys glad to be back in school? Yea!"

The doors opened at Washington Elementary after the first day of school.

"You glad they're back in school? Oh yea. Really, yea. When they're there every day all day, it's nice to have a break," says Lakeasha Alford.

Parents glad to finally have kids out of the house after a hot summer.

"Really long, because it was hot, so they spent a lot of time inside," Alford says.

"Not waking up late and having to feed them...  You know all the busy stuff; they want to always go outside... I get to sleep in a little bit more," says Christina Whitt.

School employees also glad to be back at work...

"I think they are too. I think they get bored. Then they come back and then they're ready to get out again," says crossing guard Carol Whitlow.
And earning a paycheck.

"I'm glad to be making some money again. When you're off ten weeks, it's a little lean," says bus driver Thomas Klein.

This past May, Fort Wayne voters approved a $119 million bond to repair schools across the district.

Fort Wayne Community School's Krista Stockman says construction should begin by the end of the school year.

"People won't start seeing actual work in our buildings until next spring at some point. But by this time next year, we'll see a lot of work being done at buildings like Snider and Harrison Hill. Some of the schools that are getting air conditioning on, that should be complete by this time next year," Stockman says.

With the biggest needs addressed first.

"But we're going to tackle some- starting next year- some of those things, that we can knock out right away like adding air conditioning, we're going to get that done," Stockman says.

And if next spring and summer are just as hot, those AC's would be cool relief.

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