State board of education schedules community conversations for three failing schools


The Indiana State Board of Education announced Monday the scheduling of community conversations for three schools that have received failing accountability grades for five consecutive years.

State law requires the board to hold public hearings at each school to hear from the community and school leaders about how to help students in these schools strengthen their educational performance.

“Successful schools are a key building block to successful neighborhoods and communities,” said Eddie Melton, State Board of Education member representing Indiana 1st Congressional District. “These community conversations are designed so board members can hear from students, parents, educators and community leaders about what is working in these schools, what could be improved, and how the state can partner with the community to make sure that every child in these schools receives a high-quality education.”

Meetings are designed as opportunities for the State Board of Education to listen to the communities. There will be no final decisions made during any of the meetings.

“As we are experiencing in areas across the state, establishing innovative partnerships with school districts and the community are key to helping drive school improvement,” said B.J. Watts, State Board of Education member representing Indiana’s 8th Congressional District. “It is my hope these community conversations will spur the type of ideas for improvement that ensure every student in these schools receives the high quality education that he or she deserves.”

Schools that will be holding community conversations are:

Gary Community School Corporation

West Side Leadership Academy

9th & Gerry Street

Gary, IN 46406

August 6, 2015 4:00-6:00 p.m. (CDT)

Evansville-Vanderburgh School Corporation

Caze Elementary School

2013 S. Green River Rd.

Evansville, IN 47715

August 12, 2015  4:00-6:00 p.m. (CDT)

Washington Middle School

1801 Washington Ave

Evansville, IN 47714

August 12, 2015  7:00-9:00 p.m. (CDT)

Each meeting will include presentations by the Department of Education and local school officials. The public will be invited to make comments following the officials’ presentation. is a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students.