IPS Superintendent Eugene White won’t complete remainder of 2015 contract

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Superintendent Eugene White of Indianapolis Public Schools will not remain with the school district for the remainder of his contract, which expires in 2015.

Fox59 has learned Dr. White will outline the timeline of his departure as superintendent in a school board meeting Tuesday night.

White’s future with the school district raised doubts after new school board members were elected in November, eliminating the majority number of supporters he had on the board.

He has faced criticism for the loss of more than 5,000 students to charter schools and 350 students signing up for vouchers to attend private schools.  Additionally, a recent survey conducted by the school district, given to thousands of parents, came back with strong criticism with the school system.  Fifty-two percent of the 7,000 who responded gave IPS a score of six or lower on a 10-point scale.

White first came to Indianapolis as principal of North Central High School in 1990. He later became a deputy superintendent for Washington Township before being elevated to superintendent with the district. He took the superintendent position at IPS in 2005.

White’s current contract runs through 2015 at a salary of $188,000, in addition to a car allowance and bonuses.

16 comments

  • Mary

    Mayor Ballard, Tony Bennett, and the state legislature are to blame for IPS's Charter School and voucher losses. Not Dr. White!!!!!

    • NCHS Grad

      Actually you could blame the parents of the IPS students. The ones who wisely removed their children from the terrible schools and the ones who have children that cause parents to remove their kids from the schools. Dr. White is a "take responsibility for your own actions guy"of course that is not the attitude of most students and parents, if they have them, in IPS. He tried but you all fought him at every turn. I don't blame him for moving on.

      • AP2013

        Refusing to hire teachers who have not taught in an IPS school contributes to the problem…
        The frequent tests that IPS teachers have to prepare their students for (benchmarks every 4.5 weeks on top of ISTEP and other standardized tests) contributes to the problem…
        Dr. White did do things to TRY to improve the school system, I agree. But don't just blame IPS parents and students. You're a NCHS graduate? What do you know about IPS parents?

        I'm not saying we should blame Dr. White for the mess that IPS is in right now but don't blame parents. There are many parents who attend the "town hall" meetings and who work very hard to improve IPS schools. There are teachers in IPS who have have their Masters and PhDs and can easily teach in higher level school (some teach in universities as well as IPS high schools). There are people who are trying to stay hopeful about IPS. There are people who are TRYING to make a difference and TRYING to improve the school system.

  • diane

    Dr White was the principal at North Central in 1988 when i went there.. Always thought his name was funny since he was black and not white.. only reason i know the year is because that is the year that i gradutated from there…

    • smile

      Dr. White didn't come to NCHS until 1991/1992. I graduated from NCHS in 1989 and the principal was Charles Roach.

  • Judy

    All your schools r pretty sad here ive been her for 2 years and dealing with special Ed is a joke fix your schools and I can not believe how much kids r home schooled that is a joke but u all should see the schools r not doing its job really so sad is Kokmo they r the worst dist to deal with just saying

  • Mike

    I teach in IPS, and YES, you SHOULD blame the parents. I've seen the difference in parental involvement between IPS and non-urban schools is dramatic. There are good kids and parents in all schools, but far less in IPS than suburban schools and this makes teaching and planning much MUCH harder.

    It comes down to three things that determine a student’s success; attitude, attendance, and effort – and parents model the behavior that most students follow.

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