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Gary schools chief to discuss high risk status

Gary Community Schools Superintendent Cheryl Pruitt  | Sun-Times Medifile

Gary Community Schools Superintendent Cheryl Pruitt | Sun-Times Media file

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Updated: April 21, 2014 6:56PM



GARY — Gary Community School Corp. Superintendent Cheryl Pruitt will discuss the district’s new “high risk” status in a community meeting at noon Saturday at the Gary Area Career Center, 1800 E. 35th Ave.

Residents can ask Pruitt about the designation made by State Superintendent Glenda Ritz last month because of the district’s fiscal and student performance problems.

“We want to hold engaging conversations with parents, civic leaders and all other stakeholders in effort to stay focused on the educational needs of our community,” said Pruitt in a statement.

On Monday, the School Board voted by a 4-3 margin to accept the designation, which means the Indiana Department of Education will manage all of the district’s federal funds.

In a letter to Pruitt, Ritz said she based the designation on the district’s financial instability and low academic performance. Thirteen of the district’s 16 schools are in the “D” or “F” category. The district is also having trouble paying its bills.

For the district to be removed from the high risk status, it must post two consecutive years of fiscal stability and an accountability grade for two straight years of “C” or better.



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