IPS Superintendent: Expect students to be engaged

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Thousands of Indianapolis students went back to school today, including Indianapolis Public schools (IPS).

This year, something new will make it easier for parents.

There are a lot of questions that come with the start of a new school year., and IPS wants to make sure that not only are the questions answered, but in a way that makes everyone involved with IPS feel good about being there.

New IPS Superintendent Dr. Lewis Ferebee has put in place a new administration, teachers are using new technology for students and parents, schools are communicating with Facebook and Twitter, and a new service center will help answer any questions within IPS.

"Whether it's a question about transportation, a question about employment, whether it's an employee who has a question about start of school, they have a question about payroll anything, we are going to be their first line of communication," said Rhonda Akers with IPS.

Not only will IPS be answering questions, but relaying an excitement about the district, and going above and beyond to make sure every caller feels part of the program.

Parents say they feel a new energy heading into this school year, and even the educators notice the parents' enthusiasm.

"You are going to see a welcoming spirit, you are going to see exceptional service, and when you get into the classroom, expect students to be engaged," Ferebee said. "We are really counting on our educators to ensure that our adolescents and our instructional delivery is exciting, interesting and engaging for our students."