The Indianapolis Public Schools Board of Commissioners voted to approve a portion of the proposed magnet redesign plan, paving the way to bring the International Baccalaureate high school program from Gambold Preparatory Magnet High School to Shortridge High School. The Law and Public Policy magnet program will then transfer to Arsenal Technical High School.

Dozens of delegates shared their thoughts on the proposed magnet program redesign with the Board of Commissioners at the November 18 Action Session. The Board began the session by agreeing to table the proposed move of the Media/Mass Communications magnet from Broad Ripple Magnet High School for the Arts and Humanities to Arsenal Technical High School and the proposal to discontinue the Multiple Intelligences program at Key Learning Community until December.

Students from Shortridge Magnet High School for Law and Public Policy and Gambold Preparatory Magnet High School, along with parents and other community members, spoke both for and against the proposal.

“This is a conversation about access and enhancing rigorous options for our students,” IPS Superintendent Dr. Lewis D. Ferebee said as he brought the proposal before the board for a vote.

“It’s great to have people engaged in what they want to see at IPS, and I hope they will see we are all growing closer together rather than farther apart,” commissioner Sam Odle said in reference to the great number of students and community members who turned out to support their schools.

In addition to the magnet redesign, the Board approved revisions to the IPS dress code. This will take effect in the 2015-2016 school year. The revisions allow elementary students to wear a greater variety of school-appropriate shirts and socks. High school students will also be allowed to wear their school’s spirit gear.