October Board Highlights

The Indianapolis Public Schools Board of School Commissioners met on Tuesday, October 24, for an Agenda Review Session and Thursday, October 26, for an Action Session. 

Topics included:

Quarterly Finance Update

Chief Financial Manager Weston Young presented an update on the 1st quarter of the 2017-18 school year budget, including a status on district funds, financial management projects and priorities; and current initiatives that are in progress.

What Audiences Need to Know:

IPS continues to maintain financial and operational transparency, provide timely financial updates to stakeholders and communicate progress on new initiatives while investing in strategic priorities.

  • General Fund highlights for the 1st Quarter
  • The district received Sale Proceeds from the Coca-Cola Bottling Plant, which was anticipated in the 2017-18 school year budget.
  • State funding per pupil decreased from the prior year.
  • The student count taken in mid-September will determine the bulk of the projected revenue for the current school year.

(IPS will report a slight increase in student count compared to the prior year and the current year budgeted amount.)

  • Property Tax Fund Highlights for the 1st Quarter
  • Disbursements are being managed to address transportation and capital improvement projects to start the school year strong.
  • Revenues are received semi-annually and were not received in the current quarter.
  • 2017-18 Highlights
  • Support efforts towards the New IPS High School Experience and Strategic Programming shift.
  • The district continues the Review, Implementation, and Use of Systems to better align operational resources and time.

(Kronos is one example that’s being implemented to better manage people and save time and money).

  • The district continues to implement Transportation Model Efficiencies that are generating a $2M savings annually.
  • Long-Term Budget Planning
  • Funding considerations include economic forecast, potential legislative and regulatory changes at federal, state, and local levels.
  • The district continues to work to provide adequate resources to students through:
  • Compensation considerations to recruit and retain effective staff
  • Relevant and updated curricular materials and equipment
  • Safe and secure learning environments

ACTION: Presentation

Teacher Appreciation Grants

Superintendent Dr. Lewis D. Ferebee and Human Resources Officer Mindy Schlegel presented a resolution to adopt guidelines for distributing Teacher Appreciation Grants.

What Audiences Need to Know:

  • Description

IPS will receive Teacher Appreciation Grant funds before December 31, 2017 from the Indiana Department of Education for Effective and Highly Effective teachers rated as effective for the 2016-17 school year and that are still employed by the district.

  • Criteria

Teachers must meet the following criteria:

  • Employed in the classroom or directly provided education in a virtual classroom setting
  • Received a Highly Effective or Effective rating on their most recent completed performance evaluation
  • Employed on December 1st of the year the district receives the Teacher Appreciation Grant funds
  • Distribution

Grants will be distributed as follows:

  • To all teachers rated Effective: a stipend will be given as determined by the Superintendent
  • To all teachers rated Highly Effective: an additional 25 percent stipend above the stipend given to those rated Effective will be provided

ACTION: Passed 7-0

Enrollment and Options Briefing

Enrollment and Options Director Patrick Herrel and Special Assistant to the Superintendent Joseph Gramelspacher provided an update on Choice enrollment platforms and parameters, as well as additional details on the proposed expansion of the Butler Lab program to Eliza Blaker School 55. 

What Audiences Need to Know:

  • Enrollment Parameters
  • Enroll Indy “OneMatch” system
    • No Waitlists
      • Waitlists can cause enrollment cascades which can be disruptive to schools and affect staff.
    • Single Best Offer
      • Family receives only one offer per child
      • Offer is at the most-preferred school that the child could be placed in given seat availability, lottery priorities, and family preferences
    • Unified Enrollment
      • Families will fill out a single application with a single deadline for all schools they wish to apply for, including IPS traditional and innovation schools or charter schools throughout Indianapolis.
    • Timeline
    • Round 1: November 15, 2017 – January 15, 2018
    • Round 2: January 16, 2018 – April 15, 2018
    • Round 3: April 16, 2018 – June 15, 2018
    • Late Enrollment: July 1, 2018
Table of seat priorities
  • Lottery Logic (enrollment preferences) includes:
  • Students with a sibling currently enrolled in a preferred school
  • Families living within a .5 mile radius of a preferred school
  • Families who have previously applied to the same school and have not received confirmation of a seat
  • Families who have an immediate family member who works for IPS
  • K-12 Pipeline Programs
  • International Baccalaureate Program
    • IB at Center for Inquiry, Grades K-8
    • IB at Shortridge, Grades 9-12
  • Visual and Performing Arts Program
    • VPA at Edison, Grades K-8
    • VPA at BRHS, Grade 8
    • VPA at Shortridge
  • IPS/Butler Lab School Expansion
  • William A. Bell School 60
  • Currently serves students in grades PK-8.
  • Current students will be able to remain at the school.
  • Siblings zoned to Eliza Blaker can apply to William Bell with zone and sibling priority, however they will not receive transportation.
  • Eliza Blaker School 55
  • Currently serves students in grades PK-6.
  • Current students will be offered a seat to stay at the school.
  • Current 6th graders will go to the middle school they’re assigned to attend.
  • In the 2019-20 school year, the school will expand to include grades PK-7.
  • In the 2020-21 school year, the school will expand to include grades PK-8.
  • Considerations
  • The district will work to create similar K-8 student population sizes in both schools.
  • The district will strive to create equity in both schools with a similar distribution of students by race and income.
  • The district will limit student travel time and transportation costs to create more efficiency.
  • Amendment

The Board amended Resolution No. 7761 to include that all current Butler Lab School 60 students who reside in the Eliza Blaker School 55 boundary may remain at School 60 and receive transportation.

ACTION: Passed 7-0

Teacher of the Year Finalists Board Recognition

The Board of School Commissioners recognized the top nine IPS Teacher of the Year finalists and the 2018 winner.

Our 2018 Teacher of the Year is:

  • Kathleen Rauth – Media Specialist at Center for Inquiry School 27 and 2

Finalists include:

  • David Baldock – Kindergarten teacher at Center for Inquiry 2
  • Julie Beaty – Fourth-grade teacher at Eleanor Skillen School 34
  • Melissa Collins – Second-grade teacher at Washington Irving School 14
  • Suzanne Dennis – Fifth-grade teacher at Meredith Nicholson School 96
  • Megan Hayes – Fifth-grade teacher at Arlington Woods School 99
  • Theresa Mandery – Third-grade teacher at Brookside School 54
  • Genevieve McLeish-Petty – English teacher at Northwest High School
  • Melissa Mullins – First grade teacher at Ralph Waldo Emerson School 58
  • Carrie Reiberg – Theater, Speech and Debate teacher at Shortridge High School