Agenda Item
Meeting Date: 5/28/2020 - 6:30 PM
Category: Report of the Committee on Student Achievement and School Innovation
Type: Action
Subject: 4. Action on a Request to Approve the Non-Instrumentality Charter School Contract with Highland Community School, Inc. for Highland Community School to Begin with 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 9.12 - Charter Schools
Attachments: 1. Highland Board Item
2. Highland Redline Contract
3. Appendix A: Charter School Proposal (Redline)
4. Appendix B: List of MPS Policies, Procedures and Requirements
5. Appendix C: Charter School Annual Assessment Calendar
6. Appendix D: Charter School Articles of Incorporation
7. Appendix E: Charter School By-Laws
8. Appendix F: Charter School Annual Operating Budget
9. Appendix G: MPS Charter School Budget Format
10. Appendix H: Charter School Parent/Student Handbook
11. Appendix I: Charter School Calendar
File Attachment:
Highland Board Item.pdf
Highland Redline Contract.pdf
Appendix A_Charter School Proposal (Redline).pdf
Appendix B_List of MPS Policies Procedures and Requirements.pdf
Appendix C_Charter School Annual Assessment Calendar.pdf
Appendix D_Charter School Articles of Incorporation.pdf
Appendix E_Charter School ByLaws.pdf
Appendix F_Charter School Annual Operating Budget.pdf
Appendix G_MPS Charter School Budet Format.pdf
Appendix H_Charter School ParentStudent Handbook.pdf
Appendix I_Charter School Calendar.pdf
Background: Highland Community School (Highland) was established as a non-instrumentality charter school beginning with the 1996-1997 school year. During each renewal cycle since, the Board has approved a five-year renewed contract. The current contract is for up to a maximum of 435 full-time-equivalent (FTE) pupils in grades K3 through 8. Highland is located at 1706 West Highland Boulevard.

Highland’s mission is to create a community of diverse families and educators working together to offer quality Montessori education in a nurturing environment that enriches, empowers, and inspires children to reach their potential and encourages parents to become responsible for and involved with their children’s education.

On December 19, 2019, the Board approved a five-year renewal for Highland and authorized the Administration, in collaboration with the Board’s Designee and the Office of the City Attorney, to begin contract negotiations with representatives from the Highland Community School, Inc. for Highland Community School.

In April 2020, representatives from Highland, the MPS Office of Board Governance, the Office of the City Attorney and the MPS Administration reviewed and negotiated the proposed modifications to the model non-instrumentality charter school contract and agreed to the attached redline contract.

Contingent upon the Board’s approval, Highland accepts the attached, non-instrumentality charter contract with with the modifications as outlined in the attachments to this item.
Fiscal Impact Statement: The funds for this charter school contract are included as part of the FY21 budget process. The per-pupil funding will be based on the state-determined amount for students in grades K5 through 8. Students in grade K3 and K4 will be funded at 0.6 FTE of the per-pupil amount, and the annual administrative fee has been revised to two percent.
Implementation and Assessment Plan Upon approval, the contract will be effective starting with the 2020-2021 school year and ending with the 2024-2025 school year.
Recommendation: Your Committee recommends that the Board approve the attached non-instrumentality charter school contract with Highland Community School, Inc. for Highland Community School to begin with the 2020-2021 school year and end on the last regularly scheduled day of the 2024-2025 school year.
Recommended By:
Signed By:
Jacqueline M. Mann, Ph.D. - Board Clerk/Chief Officer