Agenda Item
Meeting Date: 10/11/2018 - 6:30 PM
Category: ITEMS OF BUSINESS
Type: Action
Subject: 1. Action on a Request for an Early Start Date for Ronald Wilson Reagan College Preparatory High School (Grades 9-12), Rufus King International High School (Grades 9-12), and Casimir Pulaski High School (Grades 9-12) for the 2019-20 School Year
Strategic Plan Compatibility Statement:
Goal 1
Academic Achievement
Policy: Admin Policy 7.03 - School Year/School Calendar
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Background: 2001 Wisconsin Act 16 requires school boards to start school terms after September 1, unless a school board submits a request to the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) stating the reasons why it would like the school term to start earlier. DPI may grant a request if it determines that there are compelling reasons for doing so.

By approving the Administration's recommendation, the Milwaukee Board of School Directors will move to submit a request to the DPI for an early start date (no earlier than August 5, 2019) for the 2019-20 school year for Ronald Wilson Reagan College Preparatory High School, Rufus King International High School (grades 9-12), and Casimir Pulaski High School. All three schools have requested early start dates for the 2019-20 school year. The request will cite the fact that the post-September 1, 2019, start date conflicts with the curricular requirements of the International Baccalaureate (IB) program.

The district made this request on behalf of these schools for the 2018-19 school year, and it was granted by the DPI.
Fiscal Impact Statement: The item does not authorize expenditures. Ronald Wilson Reagan College Preparatory School, Rufus King International High School (grades 9-12), and Casimir Pulaski High School agree to pay any additional costs incurred as a result of this unique school year.
Implementation and Assessment Plan Upon approval by the Board, the Administration will submit a request to the DPI prior to the January 1, 2019, deadline for an early start date for the 2019-20 school year for Ronald Wilson Reagan College Preparatory High School, Rufus King International High School (grades 9-12), and Casimir Pulaski High School.
Recommendation: The Administration recommends that the Board approve this request for an early start date (no earlier than August 5, 2019) for Ronald Wilson Reagan College Preparatory High School, Rufus King International High School (grades 9-12), and Casimir Pulaski High School, and direct the Administration to submit a request to the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction prior to the January 1, 2019, deadline for an early start date for the 2019-20 school year for Ronald Wilson Reagan College Preparatory High School, Rufus King International High School (grades 9-12), and Casimir Pulaski High School.
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Recommended By:
Signed By:
Katrice Cotton, Ed.D. - Chief School Administration Officer
Signed By:
Keith Posley, Ed.D. - Superintendent