At the February 24 Action Session, the Indianapolis Public Schools Board of School Commissioners approved a proposal to revise a bylaw in the meetings policy, amending the Board meeting schedule. There will now be two Board sessions per month: one Agenda Review Session on the fourth Tuesday to review potential action items, and one Action Session on the fourth Thursday to take final action on the items discussed at the previous session. Holidays, breaks, and other schedule conflicts may push the meetings to a different week in some months. Briefing Sessions may be held when deemed necessary by the majority of the Board. The revised meeting schedule approved by Commissioners may be found here.
Commissioners approved an agreement between IPS and Butler University regarding Shortridge International Baccalaureate High School. Shortridge will be a laboratory school, promoting collaboration between IPS and Butler in the education of our future teachers and serving as a professional development site for both institutions. School leaders will work in collaboration with a Butler representative on a Vision Steering Committee to promote innovation in curriculum and other school initiatives. Butler’s College of Education will have dedicated classroom space within Shortridge to hold teacher education courses along with professional development opportunities. Shortridge students will be eligible to apply for Butler’s Early College Program.
The Board also approved the purchase of a college and career readiness platform. Naviance provides a range of services to students including SAT prep assistance, a scholarship research and application database, and tools to identify personal strengths and interests as students dive into the career and college search. Guidance counselors would have access to document sharing services which increase the speed and reduce the cost of sending transcripts and applications to schools.
A reading enrichment program was approved for purchase. IPS may now buy materials for a Title I Summer Reading Take-Home program provided by Scholastic. Materials include books, journals, workbooks and other tools designed to encourage continued reading through the summer break. This comprehensive summer program is intended to alleviate any lapse in literacy skills that students might experience during an extended break from school.