Response to the community meetings on the IPS Facilities Utilization Taskforce recommendation to close some high schools has been so robust that Indianapolis Public Schools has expanded the schedule:
- The district will hold its third community meeting this Thursday, May 11, at Zion Hope Baptist Church, 5950 E. 46th St.
- IPS has changed the location of the fourth meeting, scheduled for May 15, previously set to take place at the Haughville Library, to a larger location at the Hawthorne Community Center, 2440 West Ohio St.
- A fifth community meeting has been added on Thursday, May 18, at Garfield Park Burrello Family Center, 2345 Pagoda Dr.
- All meetings are scheduled from 6pm – 8pm.
These changes represent the district’s commitment to gather as much feedback as possible so the IPS Board of School Commissioners can make a fully informed decision about which schools to close.
“I remind you that this is a very open and transparent process. No decision has been made at this point,” said Superintendent Dr. Lewis D. Ferebee. “At the core, we want to enhance the experience and make sure every student graduates prepared for college or career. To do that, we want to make sure we maximize the resources.”
The Taskforce released a comprehensive report in April detailing its recommendation that IPS should operate four high schools starting in the 2018-19 school year. That recommendation is based upon several enrollment trends and analysis projections showing collectively the district’s high schools are less than 50 percent full. Closing underutilized buildings would save the district about $4 million annually allowing IPS to reinvest those savings into teacher compensation, academic programs and support services for students.
According to a carefully planned timeline, schools will be named for closure in June, after the community meetings are complete. In July and August, the board will convene meetings at schools recommended for closure to gather further comment before they vote in September. IPS continues to reinforce that any choice programs in schools that are closed will be moved to other schools. No choice programs will be lost.
The IPS Community Meetings are free and open to the public, however registration is preferred. Pre-registrants’ seats will be held until the start of the meeting at 6pm. For a full list of locations or to register online, log on to myips.org/facilitiestaskforce.