The superintendent of Indianapolis Public Schools is leaving the state’s largest school district. Lewis Ferebee has accepted the position of chancellor of the District of Columbia Public Schools.
Ferebee was named IPS superintendent in 2013. His move to the nation’s capital was announced Monday by Washington D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser.
"When I looked at Dr. Ferebee’s background and experience, I believe strongly that he matches what our community wants and needs most and is able to come and do great things with us and for our students, families and educators," Bowser said.
Our partners at WTHR-TV report Ferebee’s appointment must still be approved by the city council. The IPS Board of School Commissioners a statement following the announcement:
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.