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Fort Wayne Community Schools to move to two-tier schedule

FILE PHOTO: Rebecca Green

Beginning in the fall, Fort Wayne Community Schools will operate on a two-tier schedule.

Middle and high schools will be in session from 7:20 a.m. until 2:25 p.m. Elementary schools will be in session from 8:50 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

The decision came after six public meetings, where the district received input from FWCS families. Superintendent Mark Daniel said the district has been hearing for years that students and families wanted high school to start earlier.

The district said the change to school hours addresses two issues; more time after school for high school students to work, intern and participate in co-curricular activities; and improve transportation schedules.

The extra 90 minutes between tiers in the morning will give transportation more time to run the middle and high school routes and pick up elementary students on time.

Under the new schedule, Towles Intermediate School will follow the first-tier schedule and Bunche Montessori Early Childhood Center will follow the second-tier schedule.

Ella Abbott is a multimedia reporter for 89.1 WBOI. She is a strong believer in the ways audio storytelling can engage an audience and create a sensory experience.