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


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

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