Fort Wayne Community Schools board approves 2018 budget

Most property owners in the district likely will see only a slight tax increase.

The Fort Wayne Community Schools board of school trustees voted Monday night to approve a $295.5 million 2018 budget including a 1.9 percent increase from this year.

Board members took the action during their meeting at Grile Administrative Center.

Under the 2018 budget, property owners living within FWCS boundaries will see little change in their tax bills, FWCS officials said previously. The owner of a home with an assessed value of $100,000 likely will pay $5 more per year in property taxes.

The minimal tax increase for property owners results largely because FWCS enrollment increased by 138 students this year, which will bring it more state funding. Most state funding for public schools is provided on a per-pupil basis.

The state also has increased slightly the amount it pays public school districts for each child they educate.

In other business, the board honored Ashley Toy, who teaches art at Towles Intermediate School, for being selected as 2017 Indiana Middle School Art Educator of the Year. Award recipients are nominated by their peers.