The agenda was full for the October 21 meeting of the Indianapolis Public Schools Board of School Commissioners as the Board held a joint briefing/action session to share information and vote on action items.
The safety of our schools is a top priority, and the IPS Facilities Management Division presented the latest information on our secure vestibule project. Our operations leaders are working hard to ensure each school has the highest level of safety when it comes to visitors entering our buildings. Eight schools are on the FMD high priority list for improving entryway layouts. Crews will add or move interior entry doors and reconfigure the entry and main office space to ensure a safe and simple process for visitors to our schools. The total cost of the project at these eight schools is $860,000.

It’s important for IPS employees, parents and community members to work collaboratively on the growth of our schools. A new leadership team structure was discussed at the board session. This team, formed in each school, would include a variety of stakeholders. Teachers, classified staff members, parents, community/business partners and administrators would join forces to plan the future of our schools.

These leadership teams will develop school improvement plans, student achievement plans and support strategies. Leadership teams will also facilitate the hiring process for school leaders when necessary. More information on the leadership team member selection process will be available in the coming months.

The Board of School Commissioners approved the sale of an IPS property to the city of Indianapolis. The Mallory Warehouse Building, formerly part of the Mallory factory, will now belong to the city for future projects. City leaders and the Board agreed on a $6 million price tag for the property.

The Board is also asking for feedback on proposed changes to the Dress Code Policy, you can comment on the policy online here.