Partnerships are the foundation of Cincinnati Public School Community Learning Centers (CPS CLC) — a major component of strengthening the relationship between communities and their schools.
Partnerships support a variety of interests and generally fall into nine major categories:
- Physical and mental
- Nature and the environment
- College access
- Adult education
- After-school activities
- Tutoring and mentoring
- Parent engagement
- Early childhood
- Arts and culture
Networks have been developed in some of these categories, bringing partners together to create a collaborative focused on one area of programming. Resources are pooled and the capacity of services offered to students is maximized.
CPS CLC Process
CLC Aligns and Supports Partner Services with REFORM
Parameters for Partnerships
- Partnerships with the school will support the missions of CPS to educate all students to meet or exceed the district's defined academic standards.
- District dollars must be devoted to education.
- Partnerships co-located in the school must be financially self-sustaining.
- Capital Partners are financially responsible for design, construction, maintenance, operation, utilities and capital replacement costs for their spaces, dedicated access and parking. CPS retains ownership of the property and building.
- Agreement with Capital Partners must be approved by the Superintendent and are subject to final approval by the Board of Education.
- Partnerships co-located in the school will be integrated into the school's operation and governance by working with the LSDMC toward the mission and goals of the schools' OnePlan.
- Partnerships must have measurable outcomes related to the mission os CPS and the school's OnePlan, which will be monitored by the LSDMC. If the partnership is not demonstrating a positive impact, the LSCMS and Principal have the authority to discontinue the partnership subject to controlling legal agreements. Relationships with Capital partners must be negotiated with the administration.
- Services and programs offered by partnerships must be accessible and affordable to students, partents and the school community.