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INDIANAPOLIS – Indianapolis Public Schools revealed its new superintendent Monday.

The school district selected Dr. Lewis Ferebee. The 39-year-old was one of three finalists for the position. The IPS School Board held an executive session Saturday to discuss the three candidates and make a final decision.

Ferebee, 39, was previously chief of staff for schools in Durham, N.C., where he helped the district cut $70 million from the budget. He was also a teacher, principal and administrator in Greensboro, N.C. He could not attend Monday’s news conference because of a previous commitment. The district said it would organize a meet-and-greet session with Ferebee.

Ferebee is a 16-year education veteran with a history of successful turnaround stories. His policies led to reductions in the dropout rate and increases in the graduation rate. IPS officials said his experiences with budget cuts and low-performing schools would help address similar problems within IPS.

He earned his doctorate in educational leadership from East Carolina University. He earned his master’s degree at George Washington University and his bachelor’s degree in elementary education from North Carolina Central University.

The school board is required to make Ferebee’s contract public and hold a public forum on the contract. There must also be a public vote to hire him. No dates have been announced for the forum or the vote.

The other finalists were Thomas Darden, a charter school developer in New York, and Millard House, who worked as chief of operations for the school district in Charlotte, N.C.

All three had second interviews with the board last week and attended an open house to meet the public and answer questions about their vision for IPS.

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Millard House and Thomas Darden

Millard House (left) and Thomas Darden (right)