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FWCS bond measure on course toward approval

FWCS public question results (incomplete)

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA21) - The ballot measure that would provide $130 million for a new phase of improvements at Fort Wayne Community Schools was on track to passage Tuesday night.

ABC21 will not declare a final result because of the number of absentee ballots that have yet to be counted. That will happen later this week.

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However, supporters of the Public Question were upbeat after election night returns showed nearly three-quarters of the votes tabulated so far favored the funding plan.

The money would be part of what is dubbed "REPAIR 2020," a third phase in the district's improvements program.

Previous installments were approved by voters in 2012 and 2016.

In the next phase, four FWCS buildings – Levan Scott Academy, Blackhawk and Miami middle schools and Wayne High School – would receive major renovations, including updating heating, ventilation and air conditioning, installing energy-efficient lighting and more.

The plan also calls for classroom additions at Levan Scott and Franke Park Elementary School, where modular units are currently in place to handle student populations that have outgrown the capacity of the buildings.

Tabulation of early voting by mail-in ballots is set to begin on Wednesday and could take 2 or 3 days.

Jonathan Shelley

Jonathan Shelley is the news director at WPTA TV, which he joined in 2016 following nine years in a similar role in New Orleans and previous news management positions in Oklahoma City and Las Vegas.

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