The Indiana State Board of Education will hold five public hearings this summer for schools in Indianapolis, Evansville, Gary and East Chicago. The meetings will feature discussion on the future of the schools, which have had the lowest designation in school improvement for five consecutive years.
The hearings are required under state law and the board may choose from several options regarding the schools’ future. However, the board says no decisions will be made at the hearings. The board could decide to release a school from turnaround status, continue work with the current turnaround operator, assign a new operator or return a school to the district as an innovation network school.
The Indiana Department of Education and the local school corporation will give presentations at each hearing, followed by public comment. The public hearings, which will be held at the schools in question, include:
- June 15: Public Hearing for Phalen Leadership Academy at Francis Scott Key School 103 in Indianapolis – 6:00 p.m. ET
- July 13: Public Hearing for Lodge Elementary School in Evansville – 6:00 p.m. CT
- July 20: Public Hearing for Public Hearing for Joyce Kilmer School 69/Kindezi Academy in Indianapolis – 6:00 ET
- August 10: Public Hearing for Beveridge Elementary School in Gary – 6:00 p.m. CT
- August 11: Public Hearing for Joseph L. Block Junior High in East Chicago – 6:00 p.m. CT