Roosevelt principal denies Gary hiring; says he doesn’t have new job
By Christin Nance Lazerus firstname.lastname@example.org February 13, 2013 12:08PM
Terrance Little, right, gestures while answering questions during a press conference in Gary Tuesday May 29, 2012. Little was introduced as the principal who will lead EdisonLearning's Roosevelt College and Career Academy next year. EdisonLearning'sTodd McIntire is at left. | Andy Lavalley~Sun-Times Media
Updated: March 15, 2013 1:22PM
Terrance Little’s future as principal of Roosevelt Career and College Academy is up in the air after the Gary Community School Corp. approved his hiring to transform their struggling schools at Tuesday night’s School Board meeting.
EdisonLearning Inc. senior vice president for operations Todd McIntire said the company found out Wednesday morning that Little was approved as a transformation specialist for culture, climate and special education by the district.
“We are speaking with Terrance about this, this morning,” McIntire said. “We’re trying to figure out what is going on. We’re trying to figure out Terrance’s intentions and what the district’s intentions are.”
EdisonLearning received the management contract for Roosevelt after the state took over the school due to years of failing test scores, and Little was announced as principal in May 2012. When contacted via text on Wednesday morning, Little responded that he doesn’t have a new job.
Gary spokeswoman Charmella Greer confirmed Little did apply for the position. Little was not present at Tuesday’s school board meeting.
McIntire initially said that EdisonLearning and Little would release statements on the matter Wednesday afternoon, but later in the day, he said EdisonLearning wouldn’t release any additional information before Thursday.
“Right now, we’re still waiting for a few more things to develop,” McIntire said.
Little’s salary was set at $135,000 by EdisonLearning when he took over the principal’s job last year, but he serves without a contract. The Gary position would pay him $90,000.
Staff writer Carole Carlson contributed to this report.