EdisonLearning kicks off year at Roosevelt
By Carole Carlson email@example.com/648-3154 July 23, 2012 4:44PM
Principal Terrance Little (far left) talks with Quanda Miller (second from right) and her daughter Imani Holmes, 15, a sophomore, and Perry Miller, who is unrelated, (second from left) following an informational assembly for parents and students at Roosevelt College & Career Academy in Gary, Ind. Monday July 23, 2012. Perry Miller's daughter, Kiera Gibson, (not visible) will be a senior at the school. | Stephanie Dowell~Sun-Times Media
Updated: August 25, 2012 6:11AM
GARY — Parent Dorita Lee hopes the Roosevelt College and Career Academy provides a better academic atmosphere for her son, Deandre, 16.
Lee, who attended a special assembly at the school Monday, pulled Deandre out of the West Side Leadership Academy in favor of Roosevelt.
“With the plan they gave, it will make a difference,” Lee said. “The school environment will be better. I want him to be more geared to college. That way when he gets there he won’t be behind.”
Lee and parent Cynthia May liked hearing that their children could earn college credits at Roosevelt, now operated by EdisonLearning, a private education management company hired by the Indiana Department of Education because of Roosevelt’s poor academic performance.
May said her sons, Tyriq Warren, 13, and Isaiah Sistruck, 16, will have better learning experiences.
“There will be less tolerance of bullying and standing around in the hallways,” she said. “They’ll make a child want to get up and go to school.”
On Monday, Roosevelt’s new administrators, led by Principal Terrance Little, tried to inject enthusiasm in a crowd of about 200 in a sweltering gymnasium during two assemblies for middle school and high school students.
The assemblies included a performance from the school’s drumline corps and an introduction of coaches. Little danced playfully while the drumline performed, then told the audience he wants to revive a sense of pride in the legendary school.
“Every time you see me I’ll be in black and gold. My heart will pump black and gold,” he said.
Students will wear uniforms in black and different shades of gold, depending on their grade, he said.
Junior Derron Fuller attended Roosevelt since his freshman year and said he never wanted to move to another school. “I guess you can say I have ‘Panther Pride,’ ” he said.
Fuller said he’s warmed up to the idea of EdisonLearning running his school. “At first, it seemed like a bad idea,” he said. “Now it seems like a better place.”
The school is planning orientation sessions at 11 a.m. for middle schoolers and at 1 p.m. for high school students on Aug. 3.