Gary Schools Chief To Hold Saturday Forum On “High Risk”
March 20, 2014 — 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 on East 35th Avenue.
Residents can ask Dr. Pruitt about the designation made by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz last month because of the district’s fiscal and student performance problems. The Gary School Board voted 4-to-3 to accept the designation that uses federal Department of Education definitions, 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.