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New FWCS superintendent shares his short-term goals; parents react

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Wayne's NBC) - The new Fort Wayne Community Schools superintendent shared his short-term goals for the school system.

School board leaders with Fort Wayne Community Schools named Dr. Mark Daniel as the new superintendent on Tuesday evening.

Dr. Daniel is a North Side High School graduate and was previously a principal at Leo Jr. and Sr. High School.

Daniel has a master's degree from Indiana University, and earned his doctorate from Indiana State University in Educational Administration.

Fort Wayne's NBC News asked Daniel about his upcoming goals for the school year.

He said for the first 100 days, he wants to listen to students, teachers, and community leaders to get their thoughts in order to help him learn more about the school system's environment.

"They know what's going on," Daniel said. "You need to gather this information before you change this and that."

Daniel shared that by listening to the community, he can use the information to help empower students.

"We're about hope and providing opportunities to kids," said Daniel. If we can provide hope, hopefully that carries students through those tribulations and trials that we all experience."

So how do parents feel about the new hire?

Fort Wayne's NBC News talked with a couple of parents whose kids are a part of the FWCS system.

"I'm excited to see what he has to bring to the table," said Noah Smith.

"We need that uniting of across the line collaboration to be stronger and to be heard, and our teachers need to be heard, and our parents need to be heard, and our students need to be heard because if everyone works together we only become stronger," said Jennifer Matthias.

To learn more about Fort Wayne Community Schools, please click here.

Louie Tran

Louie Tran is the weekend anchor for Fort Wayne’s NBC at 6 and 11pm and a weekday general assignment reporter. To share story ideas, please email him at

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