Senior staff writer
The drive to save Manual High and Emma Donnan Middle School resumes Monday with a community meeting Monday at 6 p.m. at the high school. A task force created by the State Board of Education seeks input from the public so that it can develop plans and make recommendations to the state in spring 2019.
Each school underwent state intervention after being deemed as failing schools six years ago. Since then, Manual has raised its state evaluation grade to C. The schools are operated by Charter Schools USA, but the contract expires at the end of the 2019-20 school year.
Among options for the schools are: be returned to IPS; direct Charter Schools or other entity to seek a charter or close or merge with another local school. IPS is on record of closing Manual and Howe, even if either school succeeds as a turnaround school.
Ideas about saving the schools can be emailed to charlie@school communityinsight.org or by calling 317-222-6620.