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Commissions Have a Full Schedule During April Review and Action Sessions

April 21, 2017


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During the Indianapolis Public Schools Board of School Commissioners Review and Action sessions in April, commissioners will focus on a range of topics and initiatives, including reports on our Innovation partnerships, updates on Project Lead the Way programming, and a playground grant agreement for Center for Inquiry School 70 and Emma Donnan Elementary School.


The Review Session will be at 6 p.m. April 25, with the Action Session at 6 p.m. April 27. Both will be held at the John Morton-Finney Center for Educational Services, 120 E. Walnut St.


Here’s a look at some of the items on the agenda:


  • Innovation Partner Reports: Innovation Network school management teams must present at a public meeting of the Board of School Commissioners twice annually.  In April, Innovation Network school partners will provide updates on academic achievement and school operations during the 2016-17 school year. Schools presenting these reports are KIPP Indy College Prep Middle School, Enlace Academy, Phalen Leadership Academy at George H. Fisher School 93 and Emma Donnan Elementary School.
  • School Quality Review: Commissioners will learn which schools are in the bottom five percent. Those lowest-performing schools will undergo district-led intervention (up to and including an Innovation restart). IPS Innovation Officer Aleesia Johnson will review the process these schools will undergo.
  •  Project Lead the Way (PTLW) Update: This immersive STEM programming has expanded to 14 IPS schools, with plans to expand to a total of 21 during the 2017-18 school year.   Nearly 2,000 students in Grades K-12 have participated in PLTW. The curriculum offers students insight into STEM career pathways. Commissioners will receive a status report on the program and expansion plans for the new school year.
  • Facilities Utilization Taskforce Report: Commissioners will review the proposed timeline for closing high schools as outlined in the IPS Facilities Utilization Taskforce Report. Released on April 14, the report revealed that most of the district’s high schools are at less than 50 percent capacity, which severely impacts academic opportunities for students and the district’s efforts to utilize resources more efficiently. The recommendation of the Taskforce is to close three of the district’s seven high schools. The goal is to create the best learning environment for students, maximize operational efficiency and invest as much money as possible back into the classroom.
  • KaBOOM! Playground Grant Agreement: Students at Emma Donnan Elementary School and Center for Inquiry School 70 do not currently have adequate playground equipment. However, both have been selected to receive new playgrounds courtesy of a grant by KaBOOM!, a national nonprofit organization whose mission is to create a great place to play within walking distance of every child in America. Commissioners will review the grant.

 For more information on the April Review and Action sessions, you can access the complete agenda here.