Charter school may take over Broad Ripple High School building

Posted at 8:39 PM, May 04, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-04 20:42:23-04

INDIANAPOLIS -- There could be a new future for Broad Ripple High School as an educational facility.

Indianapolis Public Schools will close the building in a matter of weeks as part of a consolidation plan to save $7 million a year.  

"I'm sorry to see it go. Because it's kind of a staple to Broad Ripple for as long as it's been here," said Tom Weaver, Weaver's Lawn and Garden Shop.

The Him by Her Foundation, a nonprofit aimed at helping at risk kids and teens, is applying for a charter.

The more than 200 page plan includes an Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department substation and a health clinic that would provide services like counseling.

"It's going to be an engaging, hands-on jobs, performance, we'll have vocational arts," said Dr. Wanda Reisz, part of charter school effort.

Dr. Reisz is working closely with Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Homicide Detective Harry Dunn, one of the founders of the Him by Her Foundation, on the plan.

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The pair hopes to open the proposed charter school, which would be named the Him by Her Performance Academy,  as soon as 2019. 

Their vision is to recruit students from throughout the city and eventually grow to teach preschool through 12th grade.

"There are students out there right now that are marginalized. And we want to bring them in," said Dr. Reisz.

She's also working with an investment partner to look at building affordable housing for teachers on-site

The district has valued the Broad Ripple High School building at eight to 12 million dollars.

Reisz says the non-profit is willing to pay, but didn't specify how much

The Indiana School Charter Board is scheduled to vote on whether to approve a charter on May 15.

IPS is not commenting on the proposal.

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