An executive with the private management company that operates Roosevelt College and Career Academy in Gary has taken a new position, and a New Jersey company has bought a portion of the management company.
Tennessee-based EdisonLearning Inc. was appointed by the Indiana Department of Education to turn around the failing Gary high school three years ago. CatapultLearning LLC in Camden, N.J., has bought a portion of EdisonLearning.
Todd McIntire, who was a senior vice president, operations, with EdisonLearning, has become senior vice president, operations, with CatapultLearning LLC.
McIntire and EdisonLearning spokesman Michael Serpe said the sale does not affect Roosevelt. They said CatapultLearning bought the EdisonLearning “Alliance” product line, which is specifically tied to school improvement consulting.
"EdisonLearning's work in Gary with Roosevelt is not connected to this transaction," McIntire said. "CatapultLearning purchased EdisonLearning's 'Alliance' business, which is the lighter consulting version of the company's school improvement work. The 'Managed School' business remains with EdisonLearning."
According to CatapultLearning's website, schools use the company for instructional services, professional development and specialized services. The company reportedly partners with more than 2,000 schools and provides services to more than 80,000 students annually.
Before this move, McIntire was involved with EdisonLearning's takeover of Roosevelt. He often acted as a spokesman when the company sought to get student records from the school district, resolve building maintenance problems and deal with a lawsuit connected to those issues, and he represented the company during Indiana State Board of Education meetings. McIntire also served on the Roosevelt school board. It is not clear if he will remain in that position.