Fort Wayne Community Schools is expanding its leadership team.
The board has agreed to hire Joe Brown as assistant superintendent of curriculum, instruction and assessment.
It's a new position, FWCS spokeswoman Krista Stockman said, and his start date is to be determined.
“We used to have a curriculum director and a chief academic officer,” she said by email. “This sort of replaces those positions, but it's not an exact replacement.”
Brown will oversee all aspects of curriculum and testing for FWCS, pre-K through 12th grade, Superintendent Mark Daniel told the board Monday night, adding he looks forward to Brown influencing the district's academic achievement.
Daniel couldn't introduce Brown in person because of quarantine, but the superintendent assured the board his references provided glowing recommendations.
“High energy, a doer, an implementer and has done so in some very difficult situations,” Daniel said. “So, we're looking at a person who can lead and can implement and move us forward in this space and work with our cabinet and our various other leaders.”
Salary information was not available Tuesday.
Brown joins FWCS from Elwood Community School Corporation, a 1,500-student district about 35 miles northeast of Indianapolis. He has served as superintendent since July 2019.
Brown's education career began in 2005 as a third grade teacher in Delphi Community School Corporation northeast of Lafayette, and he accepted his first principal position in Delphi four years later, according to FWCS. His experience also includes administrative roles in Noblesville Schools and Franklin Township Community Schools in Indianapolis and work as an adjunct professor at Marian University, the district said.
In other business, the board approved multiple contracts for improvements funded by federal coronavirus relief dollars. Projects are a partial asbestos abatement of flooring at 19 buildings, $880,000, Total Environmental Services Inc.; total window replacement at Miami Middle School, $568,000, Schenkel Construction Inc.; total or partial window replacements at five buildings, $515,906, Hamilton Hunter Builders Inc.; and partial flooring replacements at 19 buildings, $1.3 million, Strahm Building Solutions.
The contract with Hagerman Inc. for the Wayne High School renovation was also amended to include a $600,922 mechanical equipment package, which will be supported by federal coronavirus relief funds.
Darren Hess, facilities director, said the federal dollars have been a blessing as the district works on referendum-approved projects like the Wayne renovation.
“This is a blessing, honestly, that is going to help take the hit of pricing increases so we can still accomplish all the scope that we want to do,” Hess said.