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Gary, EdisonLearning back in court Friday

Updated: March 17, 2013 6:41PM



GARY — EdisonLearning Inc. and Gary Community School Corp. return to court Friday in Indianapolis in a dispute over maintenance and repair work at the Roosevelt College and Career Academy, a state turnaround school operated by EdisonLearning.

Last month, students missed four days of school after pipes burst and heat radiators failed during a frigid cold spell. Two of those days will be added at the end of the school year.

Roosevelt operations manager Antoinette Edmonds said Thursday that four classrooms still don’t have heat. She said more leaks have sprung up, typically on Mondays when students return after the weekend. The school lost most of its copy machines when the initial leaks occurred and the main office had to be relocated as water cascaded down from the ceiling.

Edmonds said a maintenance crew from Gary Community School Corp., which owns the school, has spent time at the school daily since the January incident. A school district boiler specialist, however, no longer comes to the school. She said of the four boilers in the school basement only two work. A computer that runs the boilers also doesn’t work, she said. That forces a worker to manually hand operate the boiler. She said the leaks were caused last month when too much pressure was released.

EdisonLearning vice president Vanessa Ronketto said it’s spent $25,000 removing mold from the school to safeguard students and staff.

Ronketto said it was 90 degrees in some of the school classrooms, forcing teachers to open windows.



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