Agenda Item
Meeting Date: 5/14/2020 - 5:30 PM
Type: Action
Subject: 2. Action on a Request to Approve the Non-Instrumentality Charter School Contract with the Milwaukee Teacher Education Center (MTEC) for Milwaukee Environmental Sciences Academy (MESA) 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. MESA Board Item
2. MESA 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:
MESA Board Item.pdf
MESA 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 By Laws.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: Milwaukee Environmental Sciences Academy (MESA) was established as a non-instrumentality charter school beginning with the 2013-2014 school year. The current contract is for up to a maximum of 500 full-time-equivalent (FTE) pupils in grades K4 through 8. MESA is located at 6600 West Melvina Street.

MESA is dedicated to the intellectual, physical, social and emotional growth of all students with an emphasis placed on engaging students in thinking, problem solving, and decision-making allowing students to function in a global society. The goal of MESA is to provide instruction to students through the implementation of expeditionary learning.

On January 30, 2020, the Board approved a two-year renewal for MESA 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 Milwaukee Teacher Education Center, Inc. (MTEC) for MESA.

In April 2020, representatives from MTEC for MESA, the Office of Board Governance, the Office of the City Attorney and 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, MTEC and MESA accept 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.
Implementation and Assessment Plan Upon approval, the contract will be effective starting with the 2020-2021 school year and ending with the 2021-2022 school year.
Recommendation: The Administration recommends that the Board approve the attached non-instrumentality charter school contract with Milwaukee Teacher Education Center for Milwaukee Environmental Sciences Academy to begin with the 2020-2021 school year and end on the last regularly scheduled day of the 2021-2022 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