“My best advice as a parent and Mayor of this City is that if you choose to send your child on the college tour that you give no money to James Piggee, Sr or James Piggee, Jr.”
March 29, 2017-The Mayor of Gary has issued a stern and unprecedented warning for parents of Gary Community School Corporation students. In a letter posted on social media, Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson says that Gary Community School Board Member James Piggee, Sr. left school children stranded during a college tour last year. “The 2016 college tour was a disaster and students would have been stranded without the intervention of the School Corporation, the city and some local elected officials and business leaders.” The statement condemning a local business is unusual enough, but James Piggee, Sr. is also a member of the Board of the Gary Community School Corporation. James Piggee, Sr. is co-owner of Giving Educational and Meaningful Substance, Inc of Gary according to public records and published reports.
The Board of Trustees of the Gary Community School Corporation will go to Indianapolis again on Friday to plead for more tax money from the Distressed Unit Appeals Board. Although the money will be called a loan, the likelihood of it ever being paid back is near zero. If Mr. Piggee cannot be trusted with $500 for a college tour, why should the residents of the State of Indiana trust the Gary Community School Corporation with millions of dollars in additional loans?
Representatives of Giving Educational and Meaningful Substance, Inc were unavailable for comment for this article.