INDIANAPOLIS - The Indianapolis Public School search for superintendent has been narrowed down to three candidates.
The candidates are Thomas Darden, the executive director of New York schools for ASPIRA, Inc.; Lewis Ferebee, chief of staff for Durham Public Schools; and Millard House, CEO of the Charlotte-Mecklenberg schools.
The finalists will have second interviews later this week, with a successor to Eugene White to be selected as early as Saturday.
The three candidates will meet with the public at a community meeting Thursday at 6 p.m. at the John Morton-Finney Center for Educational Services at 120 E. Walnut St.
"There will be an opportunity for that candidate to talk to individual members of the public. There will be a separate chance for the media to talk to each individual candidate," said IPS spokesman John Althardt. "We want to make sure we take advantage of the limited time we have with a very busy interview schedule to let the community learn a bit about the three individuals."
52 percent of the 29,000 students enrolled at IPS are African-American, and so are all of the finalists.
Urban League president Joe Slash said he knew what he wanted in a superintendent.
"A person of high integrity is very important. A person who can serve as a role model to African-American young men growing up, particularly the young men in the system. Obviously if we can have a candidate that can run the school district that the young men and women can say 'I want to be just like him when I grow up,' that's the person I want," Slash said.
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