Top leaders in Roosevelt turnaround leaving
By Carole Carlson firstname.lastname@example.org/302-0949 January 10, 2014 3:48PM
EdisonLearning's Todd McIntire, a key figure in turnaround efforts at Roosevelt College and Career Academy, is moving on. | Post-Tribune File Photo
Updated: February 12, 2014 6:10AM
GARY — Two key officials in the turnaround operation at the Roosevelt College and Career Academy are leaving EdisonLearning.
Roosevelt Superintendent Vanessa Ronketto and Todd McIntire, senior vice president of operations for EdisonLearning, have new positions that will take them away from the Gary school.
Ronketto announced Friday that it was her last day with EdisonLearning, a private, for-profit education management company. She oversaw the academic programs at the struggling grade 7-12 Gary school that was taken over by the state in 2011.
Sabrena Davis, who has held the position of director of achievement at the school, becomes the team leader, said Michael E. Serpe, director of communications for EdisonLearning.
The State Board of Education contracted with EdisonLearning to guide Roosevelt through a four-year turnaround in an effort to reverse years of poor academic performance by students. EdisonLearning receives the state tuition support funding that would have gone to the district.
“My heart hurts to leave the turnaround project in Gary. Great gains have been made in the culture of the building and it is my hope the school leadership is ready to continue the work to strengthen instruction,” Ronketto said in a statement.
Ronketto said she’s moving on to serve as director of educational programming for Learning Care Group, a Novi, Mich. for-profit childcare provider company.
Todd McIntire, senior vice president of operations for EdisonLearning, represented the company before the state school board and negotiated its contract with the state. He also worked with the Gary Community School Corp. to broker a maintenance agreement after problems arose last year with broken pipes and boiler operations at the school.
Both Ronketto and McIntire were at the forefront of parent orientation meetings and served as media contacts.
McIntire said he’s working for Catapult Learning, LLC, following its purchase of some of EdisonLearning’s businesses. Catapult is headquartered in Camden, N.J.
EdisonLearning completed its first year at Roosevelt last year. Despite making dramatic changes in the academic program, the school still received an “F” grade from the state in scores released last month.
Ronketto said the grade wasn’t surprising because students were so far behind academically. She said just 23 of 160 seniors were on track to graduate last year.