Gary, EdisonLearning to forge pact for Roosevelt
By Carole Carlson email@example.com/648-3154 February 15, 2013 12:42PM
Updated: February 15, 2013 6:10PM
GARY — Marion County Superior Court Judge John Hanley postponed a hearing Friday after EdisonLearning Inc. and the Gary Community School Corp. agreed to begin talks to establish a joint agreement for operation of the Roosevelt College and Career Academy.
Michael Serpe, of EdisonLearning, said Friday that both parties agreed to the negotiations at a meeting in Indianapolis.
Gary Schools Superintendent Cheryl Pruitt said the district agreed to send one maintenance employee daily to Roosevelt “because they can’t operate the boiler. We want to make sure no additional damage occurs to our building because of a lack of knowledge.”
Pruitt attended the meeting along with two representatives from State Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz’s office.
“We will work the next 30 to 60 days resolving these and some other issues,” Pruitt said.
EdisonLearning officials say they’ve been frustrated by heating problems that closed the school four days last month and triggered water damage throughout the school.
The Indiana Department of Education named EdisonLearning as Roosevelt’s turnaround operator last year. The state’s turnaround academy law calls for school districts to provide takeover operators with shared services, including building maintenance and transportation.
After the pipes burst in January, a school district maintenance team visited Roosevelt regularly but the worker who specializes in boiler operations stopped coming, according to EdisonLearning.
Last month, Marion Superior Court Judge Cynthia J. Ayers issued a temporary restraining order telling the district to make repairs to the heating system at Roosevelt at its own expense.