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Record Number: 4984
Displayed from: Apr 22, 2009 , until: May 22, 2009
Fort Wayne Community Schools' pools received the 2008 Platinum International Aquatic Safety Award from Ellis & Associates, international aquatic safety and risk management consultants. This is the fifth time in six years that the Helen P. Brown Natatorium at South Side High School and the North Side High School pool have earned the award. In 2007, the pools were given a gold rating. The award is earned by consistently exceeding Ellis' criteria for aquatic safety certification. Only those scoring in the top 8 percent of the audit criteria receive the award. FWCS has been affiliated with the Ellis & Associates Comprehensive Aquatic Risk Management Program since 2001. This international lifeguard training and aquatic risk management program boasts clients like Disney, Six Flags, Great Wolf Lodge, as well as international clients spanning the globe from Asia to Dubai. "When guests swim in our pools they can be assured that we are offering the best protection currently available for swimmers," said Natatorium Director Liz Caywood. "We are setting the standard in aquatic safety by maintaining our vigilance while guarding, continuing to be proactive with our protocol and making smart decisions in regard to guest safety and interaction." The Natatorium opened at South Side in 1996. Each year, 94,000 people visit the facility for swimming lessons, exercise, swimming meets or just to have fun. North Side's pool has been a part of the school since it opened in 1927 and serves North Side students.

With nearly 30,000 students, Fort Wayne Community Schools is one of the largest school districts in Indiana. FWCS proudly allows families to choose any of its 50 schools through its successful school-choice program creating diversity in each school, including some with more than 75 languages spoken. FWCS offers seven magnet schools focusing on areas such as science and math, communication, fine arts or Montessori at the elementary and middle school level. In high school, students can choose from the prestigious International Baccalaureate program, Project Lead the Way or New Tech Academy as well as other rigorous academic and specialty training programs.