Public invited to IPS superintendent finalists forum

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You'll have a chance to meet the three finalists for IPS superintendent Thursday night. IPS is holding a forum at 6:00 pm at the John Morton-Finney Center for Educational Services on Walnut Street.

Thomas Darden, Lewis Ferebee, and Millard House will each get to speak briefly.

Speaking schedule:

Thomas Darden - 6:00 to 6:30 pm
Lewis Ferebee - 6:45 to 7:15 pm
Millard House - 7:30 to 8:00 pm

The Indianapolis Public Schools Board of School commissioners will be meeting in an executive session Saturday morning and could select a candidate at that time, but no formal announcement will be made this weekend.

The commissioners also have the option of further reviewing the three candidates beyond Saturday if necessary. Once they've made their selection, a formal news conference will be held to introduce the new superintendent.

Tuesday night, the IPS board voted to cut $10 million by axing 109 jobs. Most are administrators and school support staff. However, 30 middle and high school teaching positions are being eliminated.

"I think the impact will be minimal," said interim superintendent Dr. Peggy Hinckley.

Hinckley insists secondary schools have more teachers than are necessary. She's adding 25 elementary school teachers to reduce the class sizes of younger children.

The financial savings, though substantial, are only a fraction of an estimated $30 million administrators say IPS must quickly cut from its budget.

"If we don't make any more reductions, we will be broke by 2014," Hinckley said.

The new superintendent will likely have to consider closing school buildings, revamping the district's business procedures to increase efficiency and further reduce the central office administration.