The Indianapolis Public Schools Board of School Commissioners convened for its Board Action Session on Thursday, March 19. Topics included updates on several Innovation School partner agreements and a COVID-19 Response Resolution.
What follows is a deeper look at those agenda items.
Innovation Partner Agreements
Chief Portfolio Officer Jamie VanDeWalle presented four Innovation School partner agreements for Board approval.
What Audiences Need to Know:
- The Board approved the following Innovation School partner agreements for the 2020-21 school year:
- Adelante Schools as a new partner at Emma Donnan K-8
- Phalen Leadership Academy as a restart partner at Louis B. Russell Jr. School 48
- The PATH School as a restart partner at Stephen Foster School 67
- Arlington Woods School 99 as an Innovation Jumpstart School
The PATH School and Phalen Leadership Academy
- The PATH School at Stephen Foster School 67 and Phalen Leadership Academy at Louis B. Russell School 48 include the following agreement terms:
- Current boundaries will stay in place and no students will be displaced.
(This includes PreK and Special Education Programs)
- IPS continues to provide long-term facilities maintenance and other capital improvements, as well as transportation services.
- Partners receive direct pass-through of IPS Average Per Pupil funding from the state.
- Building and boundaries are included as part of the IPS Facilities Optimization Student and Portfolio Planning Process.
- Agreement length is five years.
- Emma Donnan Elementary and Middle School includes the following agreement terms:
- Same terms as above.
Arlington Woods School 99
- Arlington Woods School 99 includes the following agreement terms:
- Same terms as above.
Learn more here: Innovation Partner Agreements – Boarddocs
COVID-19 Response Resolution
The Board approved a resolution authorizing the superintendent to make adjustments to pay, benefits and leave policies related to the COVID-19 public health crisis.
What Audiences Should Know:
- IPS employees have had their regular work hours reduced or disrupted due to the response to the public health crisis by IPS and government agencies.
- The Board wishes to minimize the impact of exposure, contraction or school/government responses to the public health crisis on its employees’ earnings and benefits.
- The Board would authorize the superintendent to make or negotiate changes to pay, benefits and leave policies to assist employees who suffer financial hardship as a result of circumstances directly related to the COVID-19 public health crisis.
- Employees would be permitted to telework, ensuring employees have no loss of compensation or benefits.
- Essential employees who are required to report to work would be incentivized.
Learn more here: COVID-19 Response Resolution – Boarddocs