IPS superintendent candidates make final pitches

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The Indianapolis Public Schools board is hoping to announce its new superintendent sometime next week. The board will interview the three finalists this weekend.

Thursday night, each candidate made their final pitch at a public forum.

"I'm home-grown. I'm passionate about making available for every student in IPS the experiences that have helped make me build successes that I have had in my career and my life," said Thomas Darden, a candidate from New York City.

Darden is currently executive director of New York Schools for ASPIRA, and he's held several positions with the Philadelphia School District.

"It was my junior year and I was tutoring in a local elementary school, and it hit me. I had the same calling on my life as my parents have. I want to be an educator," said Lewis Ferebee, who is Durham Public Schools' chief of staff. He oversees academic programs and budgets affecting 33,000 students, and he's a former regional superintendent and principal.

"Some people believe that every student has to go to college. I disagree with that. I think that we have to have avenues within the school district. As many of you know, many of the career, technical opportunities have been pulled out of the school district over the years," said Millard House. He is currently the chief operations officer for Charlotte-Mecklenberg Schools, which has 141,000 students. House is a former Tulsa-area superintendent and Principal Of The Year.

The new superintendent will replace Dr. Eugene White.