The mission of the Office of New Initiatives (ONI) is to transform the district through the creation of new, innovative schools, and to develop other initiatives such as cooperative partnerships.

The ONI oversees the application process and start up of all new Baltimore City Public Schools, which include charter, contract, and the conversion Transformation Schools. In addition, the Office manages cross-departmental work to incubate new initiatives and provide support for systemic changes in the district.

Reporting structure:

The office’s director reports the Chief Academic Officer, who reports to the district CEO.

Find the Baltimore Public Schools organizational chart here.



Laura Weeldreyer, Deputy Chief of Staff

Tammie Neilsen, Interim Director, New Schools Office

Baltimore City Public Schools
200 East North Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21202

*Image: Students from BCPS, recognized during hearing examining innovative practices in schools