Agenda Item
Meeting Date:
1/10/2019 - 6:30 PM  
Category:
ITEMS OF BUSINESS  
Type:
Action  
Subject:
1. Action on a Request to Approve the Non-Instrumentality Charter School Contract with Carmen High School of Science and Technology, Inc.  
Strategic Plan Compatibility Statement:
Goal 1
Academic Achievement
Goal 2
Student, Family and Community Engagement
Goal 3
Effective and Efficient Operations
 
Policy:
Admin Policy 9.12 - Charter Schools  
Attachments:
Current Carmen Contract
Carmen Redline Contract
Carmen Performance Summary
 
File Attachment:
Current Carmen Contract.pdf
Carmen Redline Contract.pdf
Carmen Performance Summary.pdf
 
Background:
Carmen High School of Science and Technology, South, was established in fall 2007 and is located at 1712 N. 32nd Street. Carmen Middle/High School of Science and Technology, Northwest, was established in fall 2013 and is located at 5496 N. 72nd Street. Carmen High School of Science and Technology, Southeast, was established in fall of 2016 and is located at 2500 W. Oklahoma Avenue. Carmen Middle School of Science and Technology, South, was established in fall 2018 and is located at 1236 S. Layton Boulevard.

Carmen’s Mission is to graduate all students as critical thinkers and self-directed learners who are prepared for success in college, meaningful careers, community involvement and family life.

On February 23, 2017, the Board approved a recommendation for renewal of Carmen’s non-instrumentality charter school contract for five years. On June 29, 2017, the Board approved Carmen’s non-instrumentality charter school contract to begin with the start of the 2017-2018 school year and end on the last regularly scheduled day of the 2018-2019 school year. On October 26, 2017, the Board approved an amendment to the contract identifying the location for Carmen Middle School of Science and Technology, South.

On September 27, 2018, Carmen representatives submitted a written request to extend the contract from the current two-year term to add three years to align with the original recommendation for renewal of five-years.

In fall 2018, Administration conducted a review of the academic, financial and organizational data and conducted a site visit at each of the Carmen schools. Based on the review, Carmen has demonstrated solid academic performance, has shown growth in obtaining its educational goals and is a sound financial and organizational program.

Contingent upon the Milwaukee Board of School Directors’ approval, Carmen accepts the attached, non-instrumentality charter school contract with the following modifications:

a. technical revision has been made to clarify that the principals of the Operator’s Charter Schools report to the Head of Schools through the Chief Schools Officer;

b. Carmen High School of Science and Technology, Inc. will serve a maximum of 2,160 FTE pupils in the 2019-2020 school year and 2,260 FTE pupils in the 2020-2021 and 2021-2022 school years as follows: Carmen High School of Science and Technology, South, 360 pupils for the 2019-2020 through the 2021-2022 school years; Carmen High School of Science and Technology, Southeast, 800 pupils for the 2019-2020 through the 2021-2022 school years; Carmen Middle/High School of Science and Technology, Northwest, 800 pupils for the 2019-2020 through the 2021-2022 school years; and Carmen Middle School of Science and Technology, South, 200 pupils for the 2019-2020 school year and 300 pupils for the 2020-2021 and 2021-2022 school years.

c. the term of the contract is three years, to start with the 2019-20 school year and to end with the last regularly scheduled day of the 2021-2022 school year; and

d. technical revisions have been made throughout the contract

Leases for MPS facilities will be presented for consideration during the current, January, Board cycle.
 
Fiscal Impact Statement:
The funds for this charter school contract will be included as part of the FY20 budget process.  
Recommendation
The Administration recommends that the Board approve the attached non-instrumentality charter school contract with Carmen High School of Science and Technology, Inc.  
Approvals:
Recommended By:
Signed By:
Bridget Schock - Partnership School Supervisor I
Signed By:  
Lynn Ruhl - Budget Coordinator
Signed By:  
Marla Bronaugh - Chief Communications and School Performance Officer
Signed By:  
Keith Posley, Ed.D. - Superintendent