IPS board meets to discuss superintendent candidates

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A search firm that has been hired by Indianapolis Public Schools to find the next superintendent will meet with the school board Tuesday.

A consultant will review the search process and present a group of candidates for the board to consider for interviews. It isn't known how many candidates will be in that group.

Interviews will take place June 21st and 22nd. No candidates will be named Tuesday.

Twenty-six people have applied for the position so far.  A new district superintendent is expected to be named by next month.

Interim Superintendent Peggy Hinckley has been filling in for Dr. Eugene White, who stepped down earlier this year.

One of the questions that has been asked during this process is how much should the job pay.  The base pay for former Superintendent White was about $200,000, but Ted Blaesing, who is with the firm Hazard, Young, Attea and Associates, says some potential candidates might expect closer to $300,000. Several IPS board members said that amount was too high.

IPS is paying Hazard, Young, Attea and Associates more than $30,000 for the search to find their next superintendent.