Schedule of Public Hearings
DATE LOCATION ORGANIZER SCHOOL March 22, 2016 at 5:30 PM CST
Thea Bowman Leadership Academy Elementary School
975 West 6th Ave, Gary, IN
Drexel Foundation for Educational Excellence, Inc. Thea Bowman Leadership Academy April 27, 2016 at 5:30PM EST Indianapolis Public Libary - Central LibraryGoodrich Houk Room40 East St. Clair StreetIndianapolis, IN 46204 Circle City Preparatory, Inc. Circle City Preparatory Charter School Civic Collegiate, Inc. Civic Collegiate Public Charter School Gateway Preparatory Academy Gateway Preparatory Academy TeamCFA Foundation, Inc. Rosa Parks: A Challenge Foundation Academy May 2, 2016 at 5:30PM EST St. Joseph Public LibraryHumphrey's Multimedia Room304 South Main StreetSouth Bend, IN 46601 TeamCFA Foundation, Inc. Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell: A Challenge Foundation Academy May 4, 2016 at 5:30PM CST Gary Public Library- Du Bois Branch1825 BroadwayGary, IN46407 Fresh Oil Ministries, Inc. Joyce L. Bennett Academy May 11, 2016 at 5:30 PM CST East Chicago Public Library - Main Branch2401 East Columbus DriveEast Chicago, IN 46312 GEO Foundation East Chicago FOCUS Academy
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Overview and Logistics
As required by Indiana law, a public hearing will be held to allow for comments from community members about Full Application submissions. The ICSB public hearings are attended by ICSB staff members. Local media and the local school corporation will be notified of each scheduled hearing. Prior to the public hearings, community members may download Full Application submissions from the ICSB website. Applications are posted on the ICSB website approximately one week following the application deadline. Copies of Full Applications will not be distributed at public hearings.
The purpose of the public hearing is for ICSB representatives to hear comments from community members about the potential impact of the proposed charter school(s) upon the community. The hearing in not a Q & A session with ICSB representatives or applicant groups. In addition, the hearing is not a forum to discuss other public school options (whether district or charter) in the community. Members of the community may come prepared to make comments about the proposed charter school(s) based upon information contained within the Full Application, posted on the ICSB website.
The format for each regional public hearing consists of the following: first, ICSB staff members describe the format for the hearing. Next, applicant representatives are invited to provide a brief overview of their proposal. Please note that applicant representatives are not required to provide any such overview. Finally, members of the public are invited to make comments to ICSB representatives about each application. All individuals who wish to make comments during the hearing must sign in at the start of the hearing.
Email Your Public Comments
In addition to, or in lieu of, attending public hearings, community members are invited to submit public comments via email to the following address: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that all emails are subject to Indiana's Public Access Laws, including public records requests. Emailed public comments will be accepted for the Spring 2016 application cycle are due by 11:59 p.m. on May 19th. All public comments for the Thea Bowman Leadership Academy are due by 11:59 p.m. on March 24th. All emails will be submitted to ICSB Board members for their review. In your email, please indicate the name of the proposed charter school about which you are commenting, and indicate whether you are in favor of or opposed to the school.