Converted from paper version of the Broad Ripple Gazette (v14n10)
IPS meeting about school closures
posted: May 12, 2017
The public meeting room at the Glendale branch of the Indianapolis Library was filled to capacity - about 200 packed the room. Representatives from the Indianapolis Public Schools explained the results of the task force that recommended the closing of three of Indianapolis' seven public high schools. Thee seven schools (as of 2017-218 school year) are Broad Ripple, Tech, Washington, Arlington, Shortridge, Northwest, and Attucks. The plan is to hold several meetings, like this one at Glendale, then, in June, choose the schools to close. There would be public meetings through August pertaining to those schools. In September, the final IPS board vote would occur and the schools would be slated to close after the 2017-2018 school year.
Next, the huge crowd broke up into about a dozen groups. Each group appointed a leader and then came up with a two minute "presentation", consisting of comments and questions about the proposed school closings.
A few of the comments:
- Why is this happening so fast? Announced in April, schools selected in September.
- We have seen at past school closures some kids will not transition to the new schools, they will drop out.
- Close the IPS administration building and move those offices to a high school.
For more info: www.myips.org/facilitiestaskforce
Dr. Ferebee, IPS Superintendent, visited groups to answer questions.
Attendees gathered in discussion groups.