We all know high-quality instruction in a welcoming educational environment is paramount to student achievement, but these opportunities wouldn’t be available without the hard work and dedication of the Indianapolis Public Schools Operations and Finance Divisions. These committed team members work tirelessly to ensure our students and school staff have the necessary supports for a productive, efficient and safe experience each day. Here’s a look at the many areas of Operations we’re advancing this winter:
Allovue, the district’s new resource management planning tool, allows principals the opportunity to see their entire school budgets in real time – this is the first time such an extensive look at finances has ever been available to our school leaders! Principals have the ability to see their information quickly to make strategic decisions and adjustments to support student outcomes.
In October, the Board of School Commissioners approved a proposed revision of the district’s Supplier Diversity Policy. The amended policy reflects the inclusion of veteran-owned businesses as a group with which IPS should maximize engagement. In order to maximize the impact of this initiative, our business office is working to ensure we’re identifying new and existing veteran-owned businesses. Our Supplier Diversity Coordinator is leading a process of connecting with our current vendors to verify whether any of them are veteran-owned. We are also updating all of our vendor registration and bid, quote and proposal response forms to request information about Veteran-Owned Business (VBE) status for new vendors and bidders.
IPS is thrilled to have a partnership with the IU Public Policy Institute on a districtwide safety study; members of the IU team spent the last 90 days visiting our schools, interviewing our police officers and researching best practices in school safety to provide an analysis of our district.
Without the diligent efforts of our Operations Division, IPS simply wouldn’t exist! We are proud of the dedication our central services professionals demonstrate as they support our district, and we look forward to sharing their continued successes as new areas to optimize efficiency are identified.