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Oct. 14,
2016

 

 

The Indianapolis Public Schools Board of
School Commissioners will review several items during the October Agenda Review
and Action sessions regarding future plans for IPS students and staff. Agenda
items include transportation schedules, innovation and autonomy schools, a
mentoring initiative and STEM programming.

 

 

Three-Tiered Transportation Schedule 

In alignment with IPS Strategic Plan 2015
goals to increase efficiency, the Operations Division has spent much of this
year researching ways to enhance our transportation offerings for students and
families. Our Operations team will present the division’s recommended
three-tiered transportation schedule to commissioners for review and action.
Incorporating feedback from families, students and staff, this proposed
transportation schedule is expected to create a
potential annual savings of $7 million. The cost savings will allow the
district to redirect resources into strategic initiatives, including greater
pay to retain our most talented and dedicated transportation staff members.

 

Next Cohort of Autonomous Schools

Commissioners will receive an update from
IPS leaders regarding the next cohort of autonomous schools. These schools will spend the year preparing for the increased decision-making
flexibility autonomous schools receive before kicking off the 2017-2018 school
year with their new status. Information on the selection process for Innovation
Network Schools’ managing partners will also be shared for discussion, and
commissioner feedback will be incorporated in proposed revisions to the
process.

 

 

A New Mentoring Initiative 

IPS is excited to partner with the
Indianapolis Indians and local public safety officials to pilot the Third Meal Program in three
schools, beginning January 2017. This program will incorporate tutoring and
after-school activities facilitated by generous volunteers from law enforcement
and other public-safety organizations, along with a healthy meal before
students are transported safely home. This supplement to our existing
after-school programming will offer an opportunity for our students to engage
in fun and age-appropriate events while building positive relations with
supportive public-safety agencies and officers.

 

Expanding STEM Programming

Commissioners will receive an update on
the implementation phase of an exciting expansion of Science, Technology,
Engineering and Math (STEM) programming in IPS. Thanks
to a $250,000 investment from American Structurepoint, Project Lead the Way (PLTW) is in the process of expanding from four IPS schools to
22 schools by the 2018-2019 school year. This popular curriculum model brings
project-based STEM programming to students, focusing on problem-solving skills
while giving students insight into career pathways in STEM fields.