INDIANAPOLIS | Gary Community School Corp. and EdisonLearning agreed to a tentative operating contract for Roosevelt College and Career Academy in the nick of time Wednesday to prevent the State Board of Education from dictating settlement terms.
The agreement reportedly covers facilities, maintenance, transportation and special education matters the school corporation is generally required to pay for, but occasionally has been reluctant to provide EdisonLearning. The state board chose EdisonLearning to operate Roosevelt on a turnaround basis in 2011.
"I think we're done," said Sarah Riordan, attorney for EdisonLearning.
Tracy Coleman, Gary schools attorney, said she must still present the deal, inked Wednesday morning, to Gary School Board members before it can be finalized, likely next week.
Coleman said because EdisonLearning initially filed a lawsuit the school corporation wants to be sure the dispute is completely resolved.
The Indiana Department of Education recently provided a mediator who met with the parties during three daylong sessions to work toward the settlement that had eluded them for nearly two years.
Last month, the State Board of Education threatened to unilaterally set the terms of the contract if an agreement was not reached by Wednesday afternoon.
The board is expected to review the still confidential agreement at its November meeting.