New IPS superintendent to be announced Monday

INDIANAPOLIS - The Indianapolis Public Schools Board of School Commissioners will announce the district's new superintendent on Monday.

On Saturday, the school board chose the new superintendent from three candidates who interviewed for the position Thursday.

All three candidates said everything was on the table, including identifying inefficiencies and closing schools if necessary.

Thomas Darden, a product of IPS schools, said no one wanted the job more than he did.
Darden is the only non-educator of the three, but he said his business background has prepared him to take on the budget crisis facing IPS.

Lewis Ferebee, the youngest candidate, said the school system he comes from in Durham, N.C. is very similar to IPS.

He made $70 million in cuts there and successfully turned around the under-performing schools.
Millard House has been a teacher and was even principal of the year in Oklahoma for turning around the lowest-performing school in the state. He said he was eager to build better relationships at IPS.

The board will name the new IPS Superintendent at 11 a.m. Monday in the Board Room of the John Morton-Finney Center for Educational Services at 120 East Walnut Street.

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