Agenda Item
Meeting Date: 1/14/2021 - 5:30 PM
Type: Action
Subject: 2. Action on a Recommendation for Renewal of the Non-Instrumentality Charter School Contract for Next Door Charter School
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. Next Door Renewal Application
2. Next Door Performance Summary
3. Next Door Team Recommendation
4. Next Door Contract
File Attachment:
Next Door Renewal Application.pdf
Next Door Performance Summary.pdf
Next Door Team Recommendation.pdf
Next Door Contract.pdf
Background: Next Door Charter School, serving students at 2545 North 29th Street and 5310 W. Capitol Drive, was established as a non-instrumentality charter school beginning with the 2006-2007 school year. The current contract is for up to a maximum of 280 full-time-equivalent (FTE) pupils in grades K4 and K5.

Next Door’s mission is to support the intellectual, spiritual, and emotional development of children so that they can become self-sufficient, contributing members of the community. Next Door’s vision is to support the development of young children so that they may become confident, independent, and pro-social learners.

In July 2020, the Department of Contracted School Services initiated the Charter School Contract Review Process. On July 15, 2020, representatives from Next Door submitted the Charter Letter of Intent and, on August 31, 2020, Next Door submitted its Charter Renewal Application to seek renewal of its charter school contract with the Milwaukee Board of School Directors.

On October 27, 2020, the Charter School Contract Review Team (Team) conducted a virtual, full-day, site visit at Next Door. 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 on October 30, 2020 and November 2, 2020.

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 three-year renewal of the non-instrumentality charter school contract with Next Door. The recommendation was based on the strong school culture, organizational and financial performance and a need and desire to demonstrate growth in relating to educational performance measures. 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 Next Door 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 three-year non-instrumentality charter school contract for Next Door Charter School; 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 Next Door 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 2023-2024 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