The Indianapolis Public Schools board of commissioners held a private meeting Wednesday to discuss plans moving forward after IPS Superintendent Lewis Ferebee announced he's leaving Indianapolis to lead Washington, D.C. public schools.
The board is expected to make decisions on interim leadership and accept Ferebee’s resignation at a public board meeting Friday afternoon.
Wednesday’s meeting included the current board and newly elected commissioners – three newly elected commissioners will assume their seats on the seven-person board in January. IPS School Board President Michael O’Connor says decisions about the future superintendent will be held off until that time.
“You've got a situation where you got a board that is in place until Jan. 7, who needs to make those immediate-term decisions, and then a board who needs to be – in my opinion – in the decisions that will be more long-term in impact,” O’Connor says.
The hiring process for the new superintendent will be determined by the new school board. O’Connor says the decisions made Friday will transition the district through January.
Friday’s school board meeting is planned for 2 p.m. at IPS central office, 120 E. Walnut St.