Agenda Item
Meeting Date: 3/14/2019 - 6:30 PM
Type: Action
Subject: 7. Action on a Request to Close Daniel Webster Secondary School Program at the End of the 2018-19 School Year
Strategic Plan Compatibility Statement:
Goal 1
Academic Achievement
Policy: Admin Policy 1.01 - Vision, Mission, Core Beliefs, and Goals
File Attachment:
Background: In accordance with Resolution 1819R-007 by Directors Sain and Falk, it is proposed to close the current Daniel Webster Secondary School program. Closing the program will allow for the redesign and reconfiguration of the program as outlined in the Board approved resolution. The resolution sought to establish programming that aligns to the district’s mission to prepare students for success in higher education, post-educational opportunities, work, and citizenship. The resolution called for an inclusive steering committee to facilitate the reconfiguration and redesign of programming at this site. The established steering committee included representation from Webster's leadership, staff, students, parents and partners, as well as MPS central services staff and the community.

The committee’s exploration resulted in an instrumentality charter school petition that was approved by the Board on December 21, 2018. The petition outlines an education program to serve up to 420 students in grades six through nine beginning with the 2019-20 school year and scheduled to ramp up to 870 students in grades six through twelve beginning with the 2022-23 school year. The proposed instrumentality charter school will provide a rigorous academic program to prepare students for post-educational opportunities. The high-school programming will include three academies from which high-school students will be able to choose their academic focus.
Fiscal Impact Statement: This item does not authorize expenditures.
Implementation and Assessment Plan Upon approval by the Board, the Administration will work with families to ensure school placements for current Daniel Webster Secondary School students.
Recommendation: The Administration recommends that the Board close the Daniel Webster Secondary School program at the end of the 2018-19 school year.
Recommended By:
Signed By:
Katrice Cotton, Ed.D. - Chief School Administration Officer
Signed By:
Keith Posley, Ed.D. - Superintendent