Agenda Item
Meeting Date: 3/12/2020 - 6:30 PM
Category: ITEMS OF BUSINESS
Type: Action
Subject: 2. Action on a Request to Approve the Contracts for Behavioral Reassignment and At-Risk Seats with Banner Prep, Southeastern Education Center, and Lad Lake Synergy for the 2020-2021 School Year
Strategic Plan Compatibility Statement:
Goal 1
Academic Achievement
Goal 2
Student, Family and Community Engagement
Goal 3
Effective and Efficient Operations
Policy: Admin Policy 3.06 - Fiscal Accounting and Reporting
Attachments: 1. Banner Prep Redline Contract
2. Southeastern Redline Contract
3. Lad Lake Synergy Redline Contract
File Attachment:
Banner Prep Redline Contract.pdf
Southeastern Redline Contract.pdf
Lad Lake Synergy Redline Contract.pdf
Background: Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS) provides a continuum of services, including placements for students who have significant emotional, behavioral, and social needs. The behavioral reassignment (BR) schools were created to serve students who have been expelled with services through a Central Office hearing process and have received a placement in a BR school for a specified period of time. MPS also offers at-risk programs that were developed to serve students who are 16 years of age or older and are defined as at-risk of not graduating from high school under Wisconsin State Statutes, Section 118.153(1)(b), to help these students work towards earning a high-school diploma.

In March 2019, the Milwaukee Board of School Directors approved one-year contracts for educational services with the following BR schools:

Banner Prep, currently located at 3517A W. Courtland Avenue The current contract specifies that Banner Prep will serve 125 BR seats in grades 9-12. Banner Prep’s mission is to provide an alternative small-school setting for students when academic and/or behavioral issues have become major barriers to their success in school.

Southeastern Education Center (Southeastern), located at 4200 N. Holton Street. The current contract specifies services for 85 BR seats in grades 6 through 8. Southeastern’s mission is to provide students with a safe and secure environment within which they can strengthen their academic skills, develop effective work/school habits, and improve interpersonal relationships.

Lad Lake Synergy (Synergy), located at 2820 W. Grant Street. The current contract specifies services for 90 BR seats in grades 6 through 12 and 20 at-risk seats in grades 9 through 12, for a total of 110 seats. Synergy’s mission is to guide growth, to reach potential, and to live responsibly.

MPS continues to have a need to partner with community-based agencies to serve students that have been reassigned for a designated period of time due to violations of the MPS code of conduct.

In January and February 2020, a team met to review the data for each of the schools. Each review included a presentation by school representatives and student focus groups. The team was provided the opportunity to discuss the findings, to consider additional input from schools, and to provide feedback.

Based on the review of data, the outcome of the review process, and the district’s needs, the Administration recommends one-year contract renewals with Banner Prep, Southeastern, and Synergy for BR seats and at-risk seats for the 2020-2021 school year.

The proposed recommendation is for Banner Prep to serve 125 BR seats in grades 9 through 12, Southeastern to serve 85 BR seats in grades 6 through 8, and Synergy to serve 90 BR seats in grades 6 through 12 and 20 at-risk seats in grades 9 through 12, for a total of 110 seats.

Representatives from the partnership schools, the Office of the City Attorney, and Administration collaborated to update the contract for BR and at-risk seats. The representatives agree with the contracts' modifications for the Board’s approval, as outlined in the attachments to this item.
Fiscal Impact Statement: School allocations are approved annually by the Milwaukee Board of School Directors as part of the budget process.
Implementation and Assessment Plan The contract term for behavioral reassignment schools is one year and may be renewed for subsequent years, based on the outcome of the contract review, availability of funds, and district needs.

Upon the Board’s approval, the contracts will become effective for the 2020-21 school year.
Recommendation: The Administration recommends that the Board approve the attached contracts for behavioral reassignment and at-risk seats with Banner Prep, Southeastern Education Center, and Lad Lake Synergy for the 2020-2021 school year.
Approvals:
Recommended By:
Signed By:
Bridget Schock - Partnership School Supervisor I
Signed By:
Lynn Ruhl - Director of Financial Planning and Budget
Signed By:
Marla Bronaugh - Chief Communications and School Performance Officer
Signed By:
Keith Posley, Ed.D. - Superintendent