Fort Wayne Community Schools Maintenance & Operations

Harrison Hill Boiler Room


The FWCS Maintenance & Operations Department provides maintenance and repair services to all facilities of FWCS. These services includes building, grounds and equipment maintenance, facility use contract administration, and input into physical plant improvement (PPI) and capital projects development. Our staff of mechanical & equipment, and genera maintenance personnel, electricians, plumbers, and groundskeepers work to service the District’s buildings, grounds and equipment in a manner that provides a high quality environment and enhances learning, productivity and District Pride.

Department Facts

  • FWCS Grounds Department:
    • Mows almost 900 acres of grass
    • Plows nearly 4 million square feet of parking lots and bus lanes
  • FWCS General Maintenance Department:
    • Maintains over 4 million square feet of roofs
    • Takes care of locks and keys for approximately 3,700 doors
  • FWCS Mechanical Maintenance Department:
    • Maintains 194 boilers
    • Maintains approximately 4,000 pieces of HVAC equipment
  • FWCS Equipment Maintenance Department:
    • Maintains nearly 3,000 clocks
  • FWCS Electricians:
    • Maintain over 30,000 light fixtures
    • Maintain 66 fire alarm systems and nearly 15,000 life safety devices
  • FWCS Plumbers:
    • Maintain over 9,000 plumbing fixtures
    • Maintain nearly 400 heating and cooling pumps


Hours of Operation / Contact Information

Hours of Operation: 6:30 am - 5:00 pm, Monday - Friday

Fort Wayne Community Schools - Maintenance & Operations

1517 Catalpa Street, Fort Wayne, IN 46802

Phone (260) 467-2470     Fax (260) 467-2535

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Custodial Services

FWCS is pleased to partner with Sodexo Quality of Life Services to provide custodial services for our 61 District buildings. For more information on the services provided by Sodexo, please visit their website at the link below:

Sodexo Quality of Life Services

Sodexo inspects each building for quality six times annually and evaluates over 75,000 touch points. They use district specific information in their proprietary inspection application to obtain an industry accepted benchmark APPA (Leadership in Educational Facilities) score. In 2016 FWCS obtained a district wide APPA score of 1.78 (on a 1-5 scale where 1 is the highest possible score and 5 is the lowest score). Sodexo scores are obtained in the morning before school starts or after the custodian has completed their work.

FWCS completes an audit of the district’s buildings twice annually and a comparison is analyzed to provide oversight for the district. Our departments both understand that the goal of our departments are to maintain all buildings to high standards so the building staff members can focus on educating all students to a high level.

Policies and Procedures

Indoor Air Quality


Energy Management



The Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA) was established in 1986 by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to control the use, maintenance, and disposal of Asbestos Containing Building Materials (ACBM).  AHERA requires schools to develop a program to manage the ACBM in their facilities.

All Asbestos Containing Building Materials (ACBM) within a school facility must be inspected and monitored on a semi-annual basis (6 months) and a more thorough inspection every 3 years per the AHERA guidelines.

Any ACBM in the work area of a construction project will be abated (removed). During a complete renovation of a school facility all ACBM will be abated. Also, if its condition begins to deteriorate it will be removed.

FWCS notifies all students, parents, staff on an annual basis regarding the presence of ACBM.


Pest Management

Day of Caring

Each year prior to the start of the school year, volunteers clean, paint and spruce up the landscaping at several Fort Wayne Community Schools buildings as part of United Way of Allen County’s annual Day of Caring. Businesses and community groups sign up to work at schools throughout the city in partnership with the FWCS Maintenance & Operations Department. Hundreds of community volunteers plus staff, students and parents at each of the buildings will work to get the schools in shape for opening day. The friendships formed on Day of Caring often turn into long-term partnerships between the businesses and the schools with employees returning to volunteer or help the schools in other ways throughout the school year. For more information or to volunteer, please visit United Way of Allen County or the FWCS Communications Department.

United Way of Allen County

FWCS Communications