Agenda Item
Meeting Date:
12/7/2017 - 6:00 PM  
Academy Transportation (6:40 to 7:00)  
ACPS Division Objective :
Objective 1
We will engage every student.
Objective 3
We will improve opportunity and achievement.
File Attachment:
Academy Transportation Plus Center Concept 12 04 17.pptx
We are bringing this item back from the November 8th special meeting for the Board to have the information one more time prior to voting on it at the December 14th meeting.

At that meeting it will be placed on the consent agenda for action.
Each comprehensive high school operates an academy with a specialized focus:

• Albemarle HS: Math, Engineering & Science Academy (MESA)
• Western Albemarle HS: Environmental Studies Academy (ESA)
• Monticello HS: Health and Medical Science Academy (HMSA)

Currently, students can apply to any academy but they have to provide their own transportation if they want to attend a school out of their district. In alignment with the School Board’s current strategic priorities (create a culture of high expectations for all; identify and remove practices that perpetuate the achievement gap; ensure that students identify and develop personal interests.), students should have the opportunity to attend an academy at another school and should not be disadvantaged by not being able to provide his/her own transportation.

Staff will present a budget initiative to fund a shuttle system that transports students from a satellite stop in the student’s district to an academy out of their district. Open Houses for Academies take place in November and December. Applications are due in January. Commitment to this funding is needed earlier than the budget cycle to best inform students as they apply to the various academies.
Additional transportation costs will have operating impacts and potential capital impacts as well. Staff will clarify.  
Will be submitted for action on the December 14th consent agenda.  
Recommended By:
Signed By:
Dr. Matt Haas - Superintendent
Signed By:  
Dean Tistadt - Chief Operating Officer
Signed By:  
Dr. Pamela Moran - Superintendent