When the Indianapolis Public Schools Board of School Commissioners convened for its Agenda Review Session Tuesday, March 19 and Board Action Session Thursday, March 21, topics included updates on a districtwide Climate & Culture Survey, Innovation Network school agreements, a proposal for non-bargaining unit compensation adjustments, and much more.

What follows is a deeper look at the agenda items.

Climate & Culture Survey Overview

Performance and Continuous Support Improvement Officer Andrew Strope presented an overview of the Climate & Culture Survey, which was conducted districtwide.

What Audiences Need to Know:

IPS understands that a positive school climate promotes student academic achievement, healthy development and teacher retention. Schools can use climate and culture data to promote meaningful student, staff and family engagement, and enhance many factors that contribute to success in schools.

Key Messages:

  • IPS partnered with Panorama Education to conduct a suite of research-backed surveys focused on collecting reliable feedback from students, families, teachers and staff about school climate and culture, engagement, communication and more.
  • This was the first year of Panorama implementation.
  • Surveys were conducted from Feb. 25 – March 15.
  • The surveys will allow school and district stakeholders to analyze data, identify actionable responses and communicate the results to our families and community members.

Panorama survey. Covers Student, staff and family topics.

IPS/Indy Chamber Partnership Update

Interim Superintendent Aleesia Johnson provided an update on the timeline of savings initiatives, structure and project coordination with the Indy Chamber partnership.

What Audiences Need to Know:

  • IPS and the Indy Chamber entered into an agreement related to the support of the successful November 2018 referendum campaign.
  • IPS seeks to eliminate its originally projected operating deficit over the next eight years in order to dedicate the entirety of the operating referendum to enhanced academic outcomes.

Key Messages:

Project updates include the areas of:

  • Transportation
  • Facilities
  • Food Service

KIPP Innovation Agreement Approvals

During this month’s Board meetings, IPS Portfolio Officer Jamie VanDeWalle presented a detailed overview of the proposed Innovation agreement with KIPP Legacy High School and modifications to the existing KIPP Indy Unite Elementary School and KIPP Indy College Prep Middle School Innovation agreements.

What Audiences Need to Know:

  • KIPP Indy has been a charter partner operating in an IPS facility since the 2015-16 school year.
  • KIPP is preparing to open a high school starting with the 2019-20 school year.
  • A proposed partnership with KIPP Legacy provides a prime opportunity to modify all KIPP Indy school agreements. 

Key Messages:

  • For K-8 schools, IPS will bring terms more in line with other charter partners operating in IPS facilities in the IPS Innovation School Network.
  • IPS will modify the term of the K-8 contracts from June 2022 to June 2024 to align with the proposed KIPP Legacy High School agreement.
  • Transportation will be provided to KIPP Legacy at the full IPS cost.
  • KIPP plans to institute a proximity boundary near the high school to continue high neighborhood enrollment.
  • Making KIPP Legacy High an innovation school will help IPS retain students who typically leave IPS after eighth-grade for high schools outside the district. The majority (87 percent) of current KIPP eighth-graders have already enrolled in KIPP Legacy.

Action

Updated agreements two K-8 grades – Approved 7-0

Adding Legacy High to IPS Innovation Network Schools – Approved 5-2

Bond Resolutions for Capital Referendum Debt Issuance

IPS Chief Financial Manager Weston Young presented a resolution related to the issuance of debt to support the capital projects associated with the capital referendum.

What Audiences Need to Know:

  • Preliminary action related to the issuance of bonds to finance the IPS Safety and Modernization Projects was approved by voters in November 2018.
  • The projects include renovations and improvements of school facilities, safety enhancements and upgrades to technology and equipment.
  • The resolution does not provide final approval for the bonds. The Board will be asked to consider a final bond resolution later this spring before bonds can be issued.

Action

Approved 7-0

Budget Adoption

Action

Approved 7-0

Architect and Engineer Approval for High School Updates

Action

Approved 7-0

Non-Bargaining Unit Compensation Analysis

Action

Approved 7-0