On Feb. 15, Kindezi’s governing Board, the Neighborhood Charter Network (NCN), decided to not renew its Innovation Agreement for Kindezi Academy at Joyce Kilmer School 69 with IPS after the 2021-22 school year. The Board also voted to return its charter to the Mayor’s Office of Education Innovation.
NCN chose not to pursue a 1-year conditional extension agreement from IPS that would have taken the school through the 2022–23 school year, citing high student mobility, which it said inhibited the school’s high-quality inputs and impacted desired results, and current facility conditions.
On Thursday, Feb. 24, the IPS administration recommended to the IPS Board of School Commissioners to close the Joyce Kilmer building at the end of this school year and seek approval for the following:
- IPS will create additional seats in the Choice Application Lottery at higher-performing, nearby choice schools for Kindezi families
- IPS will create the highest lottery priority for Kindezi families and their rising kindergarten siblings; this will ensure all families receive a seat at a higher-performing, nearby choice school as long as the family applies by April 29 and ranks ten (10) schools below in their application
- Families are welcome to explore enrollment at nearby neighborhood schools
- Families will receive IPS-provided transportation to all of the schools listed
On Monday, March 14, the IPS Board of School Commissioners voted to no longer operate the Joyce Kilmer building at the end of this school year.
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