Board Vice President Mark GiaQuinta to Step Down; Applications Being Accepted for New Board Member

Record Number: 16308
Displayed from: Feb 28, 2017 , until: Mar 13, 2017

Fort Wayne Community Schools Board of School Trustees Vice President Mark GiaQuinta will step down from his At-Large seat effective April 1, 2017.

GiaQuinta has served on the Board for 10 years, leading the Board as President for nine of those years. His term expires at the end of 2018, leaving a vacancy on the Board that must be filled.

The Board is now accepting written applications for the vacancy. Applications should be submitted on or before March 13, 2017, to Board President Julie Hollingsworth in care of Barbara Trout, Clerk of the Board, Fort Wayne Community Schools, 1200 S. Clinton St., Fort Wayne, IN 46802, or e-mail

Applicants must have residency within the FWCS boundaries for at least one year, be at least 21 years old and be a registered voter. If employed by FWCS, applicants must be prepared to resign employment if appointed.

Written applications should address the following questions:

  1. What qualifications, background and skills he/she believes he/she brings that would assist the Board in reaching the district's Mission and Vision.
  2. What knowledge/experience he/she has with Fort Wayne Community Schools.


Following the application process, the Board will determine what, if any, additional process will be used. The Board intends to fill the vacancy by appointment by majority vote on or prior to the first Board meeting in April, which is April 24, 2017. Applicants with questions should call Julie Hollingsworth at 260-750-0274.

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.