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In Case You Missed It: IPS Kicked Off Districtwide School Improvements with Groundbreaking at Broad Ripple Middle School Athletic Field

On Tuesday, April 9, 2024, Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS) hosted its first of several Rebuilding Stronger groundbreaking ceremonies at the Broad Ripple Middle School athletic field. Broad Ripple is one of six IPS schools getting athletic field upgrades and one of 23 IPS schools that will get facility improvements through the district’s Rebuilding Stronger plan. 

ICYMI, Follow along with all the coverage below:

IPS breaks ground on athletic fields at Broad Ripple Middle School (WRTV Indianapolis)

Starting with Broad Ripple, IPS middle schools to see athletic field upgrades (Indy Star)

IPS athletic facility upgrades underway (WTHR Indianapolis)

Broad Ripple Middle School to upgrade athletics as part of Rebuilding Stronger (WISH TV) 

And ICYMI, check out some of the highlights:

“It’s just cool to have our own field, our own teams, we don’t have to be co-ed — (Broad Ripple) is also a big school so we’ll have enough girls to be a team.” — IPS student-athlete Rosemary Meek, in her interview with WTVR 

“We want you to feel excited about where you choose for your child to attend school. Today is proof that we are delivering on the promises we made to give every one of our students more choices — the best of what this district has to offer both inside and outside the classroom. … For a lot of kids, sports are the reason they love coming to school. The capital projects kicking off this spring will make sure that every kid in every neighborhood has a safe, well-tended athletic field to practice on to build skills that so many of us rely on as adults: teamwork, perseverance, resilience, self-confidence, and friendship.” — Dr. Aleesia Johnson, IPS superintendent

Caption: Future Broad Ripple Middle School student, Rosemary Meek (far left) joined the IPS Board, superintendent, staff and construction partners for the school’s athletic field groundbreaking on April 9. 

“Now along with more offerings, our awesome athletics teams will be able to expand our middle school seasons to provide more substantial developmental opportunities for our student-athletes and help them better prepare for high school sports and beyond. — Darren Thomas, IPS athletics director

“Having access to athletics and sports can really help a child in their development, especially learning how to work well with other people and as a team. The excessive amounts of depression and anxiety that we had in kids during the pandemic, them being able to come out and be part of the team is going to do so much.” — Dr. Ariel Stilwell, pediatrician and a proud IPS parent 

Caption: Images of students from Broad Ripple feeder schools and rendering of the football field/track