"The main challenges are always making sure that you have effective instructional supervision," said Dr. Eugene White, IPS Superintendent.
"The state took over four of our secondary schools, and right now we don't know how many students are going to stay in IPS," he said.
Charter Schools USA, A Florida-based company hired by the state to improve test scores, took over three of those schools.
For Dr. Terry Stollar, a Charter Schools USA employee and the new principal at Emma Donnan Middle School, proper behavior and organization were top of mind on Monday.
"It is kind of sad that that didn't always happen for these kids, and that we're starting at a 7th and 8th grade level to actually teach them so they can become higher learners," Stollar said.
Richard Page, a top official with Charter Schools USA, said a good number of students they were expecting were not picked up by IPS. IPS is still responsible for busing.
"We're operational now, and we have to keep up each others' ends of the bargain," Page said.
IPS pledged to look into a possible problem with busing, but a spokesman warned that students will only have access to transportation if the school is in their district.