EdisonLearning Inc. senior vice president Todd McIntire told The Times of Munster for a story published Wednesday that the lawsuit requires the district to release student records and provide the for-profit firm with services as required by law, including those associated with student transportation and school maintenance.
The Indiana Department of Education
appointed the Knoxville, Tenn.-based company last summer to operate Gary's Roosevelt College
and Career Academy
, one of seven Indiana schools approved last year for private takeovers after poor student scores on standardized tests placed them on continued academic probation.
The school had been on probation for six consecutive years.
said the lawsuit was filed Monday in Marion County Superior Court in Indianapolis because the company is acting on behalf of the state Department of Education.
said the district provided some student records to EdisonLearning
on Wednesday morning, and company officials are auditing those records to determine exactly what it has.
"We're going through them now.
Transportation is connected to the records, and we can't develop transportation until we have all of the student records," he
meets weekly with the school district's new superintendent, Cheryl Pruitt, and that she
has been cooperative.
said the company has had "very little response" from the school district on maintenance issues plaguing the school, including a malfunctioning elevator.
also said the school's heating and air conditioning fails on a daily basis, and there are a number of areas with no ventilation.
also said the building also experiencing flooding last week following heavy rains.
"We have not been successful in getting the school corporation to address these issues or a date when they will get to them," he