- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 28, 2015

July 28—Fort Wayne Community Schools’ plans to open a Student and Family Support Center and to move its construction trades program into a larger building both moved forward Monday night.

During their meeting at Grile Administrative Center, the FWCS board of trustees approved spending $2.5 million to hire Hoch Associates as project architect for work to transform the Career Academy at Anthis’ current construction trades building at 230 E. Douglas Ave. into the new Student and Family Support Center.

The Student and Family Resource Center will be a one-stop location for families to enroll students in FWCS schools, determine any support services the student or family needs, arrange for English as a Second Language assistance, get guidance counseling and much more. The center also could be home to FWCS’ health services, the Fort Wayne PTA Council and partner organizations from the community, FWCS officials said in November.

In a related vote, board members also approved hiring Michael Kinder and Sons for $499,000 to remodel a building at 125-129 Murray St. into the new, larger home for the construction trades program.

Kinder and Sons was the low bidder for the work, which will cost significantly more than the $305,000 FWCS officials estimated when board members voted in November to pay $385,000 to buy the 31,369-square-foot building.

The Murray Street project is scheduled to be completed by November to allow the construction trades program to move into the building before the 2015-2016 school year resumes in January.

After construction trades moves out of the Douglas Avenue building, work will begin on renovating it into the support center. The work should be completed during summer 2016.

In other business, the board:

—Recognized three Career Academy at Anthis students who placed in the Top 10 in the nation in their fields during the SkillsUSA Championships held in Louisville, Ky., which included more than 6,000 students competing in 100 occupational and leadership skill areas. The honorees were Alex Guldbeck, second place, pin design; Tyler Hack, second place, masonry; and Trevor Gilpin, third place, cabinetmaking.

—Approved accepting a 2015-2016 federal Carl D. Perkins grant for $927,224 for providing services to career and technical program students in the local career and technical education district, which includes Allen County’s four public school systems and Columbia City High School in Whitley County.

—Approved spending $280,500 to buy 750 Apple iPad Air tablets for use on mobile learning carts at 19 FWCS elementary schools. The tablets will be used to support student instruction and for the assessment of students and teachers.

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