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FWCS clears security upgrades

January 29, 2019

Five city schools should start next academic year with a safety feature many already have : secure entrances.

The Fort Wayne Community Schools board unanimously approved multiple construction agreements Monday, including a $614,790 contract with ACB General Contractor to construct secure vestibules at Abbett Elementary School, Kekionga and Northwood middle schools, South Side High School and Towles Intermediate School.

Controlled entrances typically require visitors to buzz for entry and check in with front office staff.

Most district schools will have secure entrances once this round of improvements is complete, facilities director Darren Hess said.

The contract also includes modifications to office hallways at Memorial Park Middle School and Snider High School to improve how existing secure entrances function.

Work is expected to be done by July 25. Funding comes from the 2012 and 2016 building improvement referendums approved by voters.

The board also approved the following:

• A 158,492 contract with Ziolkowski Construction Inc. for masonry repairs at South Side High School and Study Elementary School, respectively. Work should be substantially completed by Aug. 9 and is funded from the operations fund.

• A 323,250 contract for a bleacher replacement project at Wayne High School. Both projects should be complete by July 25 and are funded from the operations fund.

• The appointment of MSKTD & Associates Inc. as project architect and engineer for the Shawnee Middle School renovation. The design contract fee is 8.525 million funded from the 2016 referendum.

• The purchase of two properties near Franke Park Elementary School : 630 and 720 Mildred Ave. : at a total price of $185,500 funded by the 2016 referendum. This will allow flexibility for the school to create a parent pickup lane. The district is eyeing two other Mildred Avenue properties, but the owners are not interested in selling, Hess said.

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