INDIANAPOLIS - Newly-named Indianapolis Public Schools Superintendent Lewis Ferebee started his administration on Monday.
Ferebee, 39, replaces Dr. Eugene White, who resigned from the position after serving for seven years.
Ferebee rode a school bus with his new students Monday morning to Francis Scott Key Elementary School Number 103.
He said he chose a school bus for his first student encounter because 90 percent of the district's 26,000 students arrive to school that way and he wanted to share that experience with the kids.
"I wanted to begin by day with my students. And as I said earlier, I will spend a lot of time without stakeholders, students and staff. And that's what I'll be doing today. The bus was great. The students were great. The drivers were great. And it was just a good opportunity for me to see the level of service that we provide for our students through transportation," Ferebee said.
Parents and bus drivers noticed and approved of the move.
"I think it's a wonderful thing. It makes us feel like he wants to connect with the Transportation Department, the drivers and attendants, and that makes a difference for you," driver Tamera Summers said.
Supt. Ferebee most recently served as the chief of staff for Durham Public Schools in North Carolina and says he has strategic plan for IPS, using an "all-hands-on-deck" philosophy.
His plans include building stronger relationships with parents, the community and local businesses in order to keep IPS students on track.
Ferebee also said that he isn't afraid to make tough decisions if they're in the best interest of the 29,000 IPS students he'll oversee.
In July, the IPS Board of School Commissioners selected Ferebee from two other candidates, Thomas Darden and Millard House.
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