IPS superintendent offered top job at DC schools

IPS Superintendent Dr. Lewis Ferebee talks with a community member at Monday's community meeting
Dr. Lewis Ferebee accepts new job in D.C.
Ferebee to DC

INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) - Dr. Lewis Ferebee has been named the next leader of D.C. Public Schools.

Ferebee has served as IPS' superintendent for five years. Before that, he served five years in Guilford County Schools in Greensboro, N.C. - 18 months as a principal, two and a half years as an instructional improvement officer and one year as regional superintendent.

While he was offered the D.C. job by Mayor Muriel Bowser, the appointment must be approved by the city council.

D.C.'s last chancellor, Antwan Wilson, resigned after city leaders found he bypassed the city's competitive school placement system to transfer his own daughter into a better school, according to the Post.

The IPS Board of School Commissioners released a statement Monday afternoon saying, in full:

"The Indianapolis Public Schools Board of School Commissioners is aware that Dr. Lewis D. Ferebee has accepted the position of Chancellor of the District of Columbia Public Schools. We are happy for Dr. Ferebee and we are proud of his work on behalf of the students in our district. We wish him and his family nothing but success in their future endeavors, and the important work of making sure that all children have a high quality education available to them.

"IPS remains focused on the work we do on behalf of our children and families. The Board of School Commissioners will meet soon to discuss transition decisions, interim leadership and a new leadership selection process. We are committed to making sure that our schools and our children lose no momentum in the progress we are making and that the IPS System continues on our path to providing a world-class education to all our students through the hard work of our principals and our teachers."