- Associated Press - Monday, July 27, 2015

July 27—EVANSVILLE — Public hearings to gather ideas for three schools — including two Evansville Vanderburgh School Corp. facilities — that have received five consecutive “F” accountability grades from the state are scheduled for August.

Representatives from the State Board of Education and the Indiana Department of Education will host the public hearings at Caze Elementary School and Washington Middle School on Aug. 12.

The public hearing for Caze, 2013 S. Green River Road, is scheduled for 4-6 p.m. on Aug. 12, with Washington, 1801 Washington Ave., to follow from 7-9 p.m.

The third school is West Side Leadership Academy in Gary, Indiana on Aug. 6.

The purpose of the meetings is to gather ideas for how to best help each school serve its students and improve educational performances, in accordance with Indiana law. Anyone who wants to speak on behalf of the school, students and teachers — or who has an idea — will be given a chance.

Each forum will include presentations by the Indiana Department of Education and local school officials before public comment. No decisions will be made at the meeting, but officials who attend will report back to the State Board of Education.

B.J. Watts, an Indiana State Board of Education member and a fifth-grade social studies and science teacher at Vogel School in Evansville, said in a statement that establishing innovative partnerships with school districts and the community is key to helping drive school improvement.

“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,” Watts said.

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