FWCS taps local firm for grant evaluation
The Fort Wayne Community Schools board has committed nearly 36 million in federal grants.
With two members absent, the school board Monday unanimously approved appointing EduShift Inc. to provide evaluation and technical services for two U.S. Department of Education grants the district recently received.
One grant is worth about 21 million over seven years and focuses on college and career readiness.
EduShift, a local firm, will evaluate the district’s compliance with the grant’s technical aspects, an important element in ensuring the grants are annually renewed, Superintendent Wendy Robinson said.
“That’s why you have somebody like Carol,” Robinson said, referring to Carol Guse of EduShift.
EduShift’s services will cost 1.25 million for the five-year, magnet school grant.
The magnet grant is benefiting Irwin Elementary, Whitney Young Early Childhood, Weisser Park Elementary, Memorial Park Middle and South Side High schools. Ten low-income middle schools are benefiting from the other grant.
In other business, the board unanimously approved transferring rights of way to the city of Fort Wayne for a sidewalk improvement project in front of St. Joseph Central Elementary School.
Construction is expected to start in 2019. The planned concrete sidewalk will provide a direct path for pedestrians along St. Joe Center Road. Existing accommodations require people to walk through a grassy patch in front of the school or follow the sidewalk around the school’s driveway.
The city will provide $2,800, which will be used to relocate the school sign and landscaping bed.