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Sept. 16, 2016 

 
The
Indianapolis Public Schools Board of School Commissioners will review and
discuss a variety of topics at the September Work Session. Agenda items include
transportation plans and potential bell schedule adjustments for the 2017-2018
school year, proposed parameters for the upcoming choice program lottery, and an
outline of advocacy for our students through the 2017 legislative session.

 

Transportation Plans and
Bell Schedules

IPS Operations
Division leaders will present information on proposed changes to the
transportation schedules in alignment with IPS Strategic Plan 2015 item 2.8:
“IPS will maximize resources to increase efficiency while maintaining high
quality service to schools by 2018, as measured by district data.”

 

IPS
administrators reviewed the results of an analytic study on our transportation
routes to determine an optimal proposal to increase efficiency while
maintaining quality service to our students and families. We currently operate
under a two-tiered school bell schedule, with 19 schools beginning at 7:30 a.m.
and 55 schools beginning at 9:05 or 9:15 a.m. The proposed new bell schedule
would incorporate three tiers to allow for more strategic bus scheduling.

 

Choice Program Lottery

The IPS team
drafting proposed changes to the choice lottery are following guiding
principles outlined by the Board’s Core Commitments and Beliefs: “Providing
many school choice options helps families find the school best matched to their
child’s talents, needs, interests & unique learning styles,” and, “Schools
are diverse, vibrant and welcoming communities.”

 

Commissioners
will review proposed edits to choice program proximity priority zones, along
with potential amendments to the selection process intended to enhance equity
in the choice lottery.

 

2017 Legislative Agenda

Commissioners
will also review and discuss priority topics identified for the 2017
legislative agenda. State funding is regularly a focal point for IPS advocates
and the 2017 legislative session continues this trend.

 

IPS saw a significant
decrease in funding from 2013 to 2015 and administrators hope to see an
increase in complexity funding (an allocation of more money to support students
with additional challenges like poverty or disabilities), which helps to close
gaps for our students with the most need. Other items for discussion related to
the legislative agenda include Innovation Network Schools funding and
government contract guidelines.

 

The public Work
Session will begin at 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 19, at George
W. Julian School 57, 5435 E. Washington St.