Tony Walker

Parents and others angrily called out the State Board of Education at its meeting today in Gary. They say despite the state’s intervention in local schools students face unsafe buildings, leaky roofs and even lack toilet paper at one school.

Parent LaRona Carter says students have been let down by elected state officials, various appointed boards and the companies hired with tax-dollars to manage the schools. Nine other parents and community members echoed Carter during public comments.

Gov. Eric Holcomb filled two vacant spots on the State Board of Education, appointing Kathleen Mote and previous board member Tony Walker.

Mote is from Madison and is the current intermin chancellor for Ivy Tech Community College’s Columbus/Southeast Region. She replaces Lee Ann Kwiatkowski, who resigned her position to work as state superintendent Jennifer McCormick’s chief of staff.