Agenda Item
Meeting Date: 1/14/2021 - 5:30 PM
Type: Action
Subject: 3. Action on a Recommendation for Renewal of the Non-Instrumentality Charter School Contract for Carmen Schools 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: 1. Carmen Renewal Application
2. Carmen Performance Summary
3. Carmen Team Recommendation
4. Carmen Contract
File Attachment:
Carmen Renewal Application.pdf
Carmen Performance Summary.pdf
Carmen Team Recommendation.pdf
Carmen Contract.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 2427 S. 15th Street.

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.

The current contract provides for the following maximum full-time-equivalent (FTE) pupils:

360 FTE at Carmen South in grades 9-12;
800 FTE at Carmen Northwest in grades 6-12;
800 FTE pupils at Carmen Southeast in grades 9-12; and
300 FTE pupils at Carmen Middle School South in grades 6-8.

In July 2020, the Department of Contracted School Services initiated the Charter School Contract Review Process. On July 14, 2020, representatives from Carmen submitted the Charter Letter of Intent and, on August 31, 2020, Carmen submitted its Charter Renewal Application to seek renewal of its charter school contract with the Milwaukee Board of School Directors.

On November 5 and 6, 2020, the Charter School Contract Review Team (Team) conducted a virtual, full-day, site visits that included each of Carmen’s four campuses. The Team examined the school’s academic, financial, and organizational performance and met with school representatives to discuss the data relative to contract compliance and renewal. The Team reviewed any additional responses and information provided by the school. The Team also heard testimony of parents and students, and participated in virtual classroom observations.

Based on a thorough review of the school's application and data, school presentation, and site visit, the Charter School Contract Review Team has recommended a five-year renewal of the non-instrumentality charter school contract with Carmen. The recommendation was based on the schools having met its educational, organizational, and financial measures, the schools’ demonstration of improvement, and the schools’ commitment to continued growth. The Superintendent has reviewed the performance summary and concurs with the recommendation for contract renewal.

The charter school renewal application, performance summary data, and Team's recommendation reviewed by the Superintendent are attached to this item.
Fiscal Impact Statement: Adoption of this item alone does not authorize expenditures. School allocations are approved annually by the Milwaukee Board of School Directors as part of the Superintendent's proposed budget. Pending contract approval, the funds for the 2021-2022 charter school contract will be authorized as a part of the FY22 budget process.
Implementation and Assessment Plan Upon the Board’s approval, negotiations will begin between the Superintendent’s designee, in consultation with the Board’s designee and the Office of the City Attorney, and representatives of Carmen in anticipation of developing a renewed charter contract to be presented to the Board.
Recommendation: The Administration recommends that the Board:

1. approve the renewal of a five-year non-instrumentality charter school contract for Carmen Schools of Science and Technology, Inc.; and

2. authorize the Superintendent’s designee, in consultation with the Board's designee and the Office of the City Attorney, to enter into negotiations with representatives of Carmen and to draft a renewed non-instrumentality charter school contract to begin with the start of 2021-2022 school year and to end with the last regularly scheduled day of the 2025-2026 school year.
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