Purdue Polytechnic to Spark 'Transformation'

Posted: Updated:
The school will be in the former PR Mallory building, which is owned by the city. The school will be in the former PR Mallory building, which is owned by the city.
INDIANAPOLIS -

An abandoned industrial complex on the east side of Indianapolis will be the home of Purdue University's STEM-focused charter school scheduled to open next year. The university has also announced a partnership with Indianapolis Public Schools in hopes of attracting a diverse student body to Purdue Polytechnic High School. Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett says the school will spark an "economic transformation" on the east side, expecting it to bring residential, commercial and retail development to the area.

The school will be in the former PR Mallory building, which is owned by the city. Hogsett says merchants in the area "could not be more thrilled" that an abandoned complex will turn into an economic catalyst.

Purdue Polytechnic will be an IPS Innovation Network School. Purdue President Mitch Daniels tells Inside INdiana Business "we couldn't do this without IPS," saying money that would normally go to a student's original school will follow him or her to Purdue Polytechnic. In exchange, student results at the school will count toward IPS's overall evaluations.

"For this freshman class, we were only able to admit 26 students from the entire IPS system," says Daniels. "That's unacceptable and someone has to find a way to do better. We thank IPS and the city for this unique partnership, which we hope will build a new pathway to Purdue and to successful careers for future students from downtown Indianapolis."

Applications are open for the school's first students, who will be ninth-graders in fall 2017. The school will house 150 students in its first year, with a new freshman class added each year for a total enrollment of 600 in grades 9-12. Daniels says students who live in IPS boundaries will be given preference.

Scott Bess will lead the school and Shatoya Jordan will serve as principal. The university says the process to hire teachers is underway.

  • Perspectives

    • The Terrorist to Fear Most May be an Employee's Spouse

      As the world sees more small-scale terrorist attacks, some employers worry about their places of business becoming targets. The odds are much larger that they'll face a different kind of terror: one from an employee's personal life. The reality is that what we normally think of as terrorism presents only a miniscule threat to most Americans. There is, however, one very real threat of violence to your business.

    More

Events



  • Most Popular Stories

    • Holcomb Nominates Opportunity Zones

      Governor Eric Holcomb has submitted nominations to the U.S. Secretary of the Treasury for dozens of Hoosier communities to earn the newly-created Opportunity Zone designation. The federal program, which was created with the passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, provides tax incentives to attract private investment to low-income communities.

    • The Terrorist to Fear Most May be an Employee's Spouse

      As the world sees more small-scale terrorist attacks, some employers worry about their places of business becoming targets. The odds are much larger that they'll face a different kind of terror: one from an employee's personal life. The reality is that what we normally think of as terrorism presents only a miniscule threat to most Americans. There is, however, one very real threat of violence to your business.

    • Six Finalists Vying For 'Stellar' Designation

      Six regions have been selected as finalists for the 2018 Stellar Communities Program. The initiative, which is taking a regional approach this year for the first time, involves support from the state to help boost strategic planning efforts in participating communities. Stellar Communities is driven by the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs and previously involved smaller cities and towns. OCRA Executive Director Jodi Golden says...

    • Pike County Partners Unveil Master Plan For Massive Acreage

      A long-term strategic plan focused on developing 4,000 acres off of I-69 in southwest Indiana has been released. The Pike County I-69 Interchange master plan is designed to boost retail, commercial, residential and industrial investment opportunities near Petersburg. Properties involved in the plan, which was launched last year, include a portion of the massive Southwest Indiana Megasite.

    • (Rendering provided by the city of Fishers.)

      Flexware Innovation Details New Fishers HQ

      Fishers-based Flexware Innovation Inc. is planning to relocate within the city to a new headquarters in a more prominent location. The company, which also has an office in Valparaiso and a presence at the new Indiana IoT Lab in Fishers, says the $3.5 million project near the Nickel Plate District Amphitheater could break ground in the fall. The company is seeking more than $265,000 in tax incentives from the city. Late last year, it announced plans to invest some $8 million into...