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School gets extra space

Modular building approved for growing Scott Academy

Growing enrollment at Levan Scott Academy has school officials finding new ways to make sure all students have space for learning.

To help balance the growing classroom sizes, Fort Wayne Community Schools board members on Monday approved a $110,000 project to relocate a four-classroom modular building from Study Elementary School.

Board members also approved $150,000 for any site work that will be necessary to meet city code, which could include adding an access point for the fire department. The school is at 950 E. Fairfax Ave.

The district will only spend the minimum amount necessary and the project could cost far less than the $250,000 projected, FWCS Chief Financial Officer Kathy Friend said.

In the past three years, Levan Scott Academy’s enrollment has grown by 110 students to 393 students, while Study Elementary School’s enrollment has declined slightly, Friend said.

The modular classrooms were added at Study in 2006 and cost $250,000.

Growing enrollment is a good problem to have, but it also means decisions will have to be made about where to squeeze in the additional students without costly renovations to schools, Superintendent Wendy Robinson said.

Robinson said the projected enrollment growth gave the district some warning that Levan Scott Academy might need additional space.

“Our trends over the last couple years … have shown that this isn’t just a blip and so obviously we need a more permanent solution, but (enrollment) exploded this year and we took them all,” Robinson said.

The modular building being relocated from Study Elementary has been used for music and art classrooms. Those classes will be incorporating them into existing classrooms at Study, Friend said.

The modular classrooms have heating and cooling units as well as electrical and data hookups. The building does not have bathrooms, but the new location at Levan Scott Academy will allow students easy access to the main building for bathroom use, Friend said.

The project will be paid for through the Capital Projects Fund’s emergency fund and is not to exceed $250,000.