He claims that in the appendix with the criteria this is not true. So I went back and reread that. It is open for interpretation. You could either see it as each academy is a school (and therefore has to have its own totally separate staff from the other academy/school). Or, what it means is that Cleveland can't be bigger than 450. Here's the actual wording:
Size: Schools will be designated a small school with no more than 450 students for grades 9-12, with a firm commitment from the district to hold enrollment level.
I would read that as saying the school can't be bigger than 450. But I still think Harium is wrong because the last page labeled "Exhibit D: Fees and Expenses" has a chart with two columns labeled "High School Name 1" and "High School Name 2" and each is charged $400K for services. That equals $800,000 which is what we are paying.
Here are some of my other concerns from reading the contract:
- the district has 60 days to deliver a "Master Plan" with tasks, timeline and persons responsible for implementation. If NTN doesn't approve this planning application, either because it is incomplete or insufficient, "the actual implementation start date may be delayed". My question? What will the district do if that happens? (Note: they just lost a court case over not doing what is sufficient.)
- there is a training program that the district would get charged for per participant. Okay but then it says that the fee can be deducted from the Special Expense Fund. What is that fund? I can't find reference to it anywhere else in the contract.
- Enrollment is capped "with a firm commitment from the district to hold enrollment level" at 450. So that means Cleveland would be an underenrolled building for the size it was built for.
- all courses have to be project-based learning as the "primary methodology". Does that include foreign language, PE and CTE?
- "students will take their entire core curriculum through the School" - no Running Start then?
- teachers and principals belong to "the School" and will not have their assignments divided with other schools. Again, could you overlap some teachers for non-core classes?
- "School principals will have significant autonomy from involuntary or undesirable transfers from other schools." What does the SEA say about this?
- NTN gets an "advisory partner" role in picking and approving a principal. What does this mean in specific?
- One lead teacher has to be a liaison between staff and NTN. How much will this teacher get paid extra for this?
- the School has to send a team regularly to their NTN national conference, leadership training, staff training and IT administrator training. Who pays for all these trainings and trips?
- "parent group contributes in the financial sustainability of the School by facilitating large scale events or activities within the community" Get ready to pony up folks (they aren't subtle, are they?).
- Here's my favorite about "work product" - To the extent District or any of its
employees or agents creates or contributes to any New Materials, then District agrees that in consideration for the Services and License and in compliance with the terms and conditions of this Agreement District will assign, and will direct its employees and agents to assign, to NT upon the request of NT, all right, title and interest of District in any New Materials. District will cooperate with, and to the best of its ability, assist NT (at NT’s expense) in NT’s efforts to secure, vest, protect, record, further document or register such assignment and NT’s rights in any New Materials, including but not limited to executing all papers reasonably desirable or necessary to further document this assignment and vesting of rights in NT. I'm not a lawyer so help me out. I read this to say that anything developed by any SPS employee working at Cleveland is owned by NTN and the district will make sure of it. Outside groups, including universities, might not like this particular facet of the contract.