The days of having a high school within their community have ended for hundreds of families in the IPS school district of Indianapolis.
The IPS Board of School Commissioners finalized a deal Monday Night to close the High-schools of Northwest, Arlington, and Broadripple. This move is aimed to save the long-struggling district millions of dollars, but the parents and families of the student-bodies of the soon to be closed schools are upset with the decision.
Nearly all of the affected neighborhoods have conveniently located elementary schools. Now parents of these students — who often had only 5 to 10 minute walking distances to their childrens schools — will now be facing a 20 to 30 minute drive when these same children transition to high school. The closing of these institutions is extremely unfair, especially for parents without reliable transportation.
It would be nice if IPS first started addressing the problems that currently exist. Classrooms with teacher vacancies that get filled with substitute after substitute but there’s no grades being recorded making them unprepared for the next step. Schools with no Title 1 teacher or anyone certified in Special Education. Administration that continues to send kids home knowing good and well the school is the only stability in their life.
They let all these issues fester, and decide closing high schools is a priority. Now even more students will face an added hurdle to their educational development.